25 September 2013
The 2013 London Indonesian Film Screenings presents a selection of some of the most exciting films to come out of Indonesia in recent years. The films touch on issues of love, morality, sexuality and family. We start off by screening Teddy Soeriaatmadja’s two most recent films, both of which have been critically acclaimed; Lovely Man tells the story of a young woman who discovers that her estranged father is a transgender sex worker, while Something in the Way is a gripping film about a taxi driver caught between sexual desire and religious obligation. Both these films will be followed by a Q & A session with the director. Friday night’s film, Parts of the Heart, is a film told in eight parts about an Indonesian gay man as he moves from childhood to middle age. Saturday’s films coincide with the Indonesian day of culture at SOAS Indonesia Kontemporer. The screenings start with a family film for all ages, Stepping on the Flying Grass, and in the afternoon we have an exclusive Special Preview Screening of the documentary Streetside, in the presence of the director, SOAS alumni Daniel Ziv. The highlight of Sunday’s three films is Riri Riza’s latest picture, Atambua 39 Celsius. The showing will be preceded by his earlier film, the road movie 3 Days to Forever, and Kuldesak, the 1998 film which many critics see as marking the beginning of the re-emergence of Indonesian cinema. We hope very much that Riri Riza and producer Mira Lesmana will both be present for the Sunday screenings.
To coincide with the film screenings the CSEAS is also organising a two-day Workshop on Indonesian Cinema, on 17-18 October, to be held at the Royal Asiatic Society, London. While an academic conference, all those interested in Indonesian film - academics, students and members of the public - are encouraged to attend.
For further information, contact:
Dr Ben Murtagh, email@example.com