Cannes Notices Indonesian Film Resurgence

May 23, 2017 Maggie Lee - Chief Asia Film Critic

From Variety.comSomething invigorating and full-bodied is brewing in Indonesia, and it’s not a cup of mocha java. It’s a cinematic resurgence, the biggest since the early 2000s, when Rudy Soedjarwo’s 2002 teen romance “Apa ada dengan cinta?” (What’s With Love?) rocked the Southeast Asia market while in the same year Riri Riza’s “Eliana Eliana” stunned the festival circuit with femme-centric social realism.In September 2016, “Warkop DKI Reborn: Jangkrik Boss Part 1,” a reboot of a police slapstick comedy by 1980s comic trio Dono, Kasino and Indro (DKI), became the most-vie...


Alternative Histories of Indonesian Cinema

May 18, 2017 Adrian Jonathan Pasaribu

Documentations about Indonesian cinema culture are still limited to film releases in movie theaters. For local films, publish the box-office figures for the latest Indonesian films every Monday. Various media, printed and online also diligently report the latest news from Indonesian film industry.The matter is more complicated for imported films. We know only about the popularity of Hollywood products among Indonesian audience from the frequency of Indonesian media and blogs in reporting the gossip about its celebrities as well as the latest updates for the upcoming film re...


Introduction to the Indonesian Cinema

April 20, 2017 Tito Imanda

Since the first documented locally produced film, Loetoeng Kasaroeng (1926), the Indonesian cinema has developed as commercial entity. Now, it strives to get stronger foundation for fulfil its function as public space and as a medium for artistic experiment and expression. Just like in different places in the world, the development of the cinema of Indonesia is part of the political economy, progress of technology (that influences film production as well consumption), public’s more open access to filmmaking and film appreciation (with so many film production clubs and communities, film watch...