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Four Indonesian films to headline London cinema festival


Jakarta / Wed, May 8, 2019 / 02:38 pm

This year’s Films of the Archipelago Festival in London, England is to screen four cinematic works of prominent Indonesian filmmakers in celebration of the country’s thriving film scene.

Sekala Niskala by Kamila Andini, Buffalo Boys by Mike Wiluan, Pengabdi Setan (Satan’s Slave) by Joko Anwar and Aruna dan Lidahnya (Aruna and her Palate) by Edwin are to headline the festival.

The four films are scheduled to be screened at the non-profit Deptford Cinema in South East London starting May 11.

Paul Flanders, one of the volunteers working at the Deptford Cinema, said he expected this year’s Films of the Archipelago to draw a larger number of cinephiles than the first iteration of the festival in 2017.

“Londoners were very enthusiastic about the Indonesian film festival in 2017,” Paul said as quoted by Antara, adding that London residents accounted for 50 percent of festival attendance two years ago.

This year’s Films of the Archipelago Festival is supported by the Indonesian National Committee for the 2019 London Book Fair.

Indonesian actress Hannah Al Rashid, who stars in Aruna, serves as the festival curator.

“We don’t get to see many Indonesian films in London, so I was really happy to help curate this program,” she wrote on her Instagram account, @hannahalrashid. (rfa/kes)

From Hanna Rashid.

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