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Indonesian Director Edwin Talks Sex, Violence and Dictatorship in ‘Vengeance Is Mine’

The latest film from the South-Asian auteur, which premieres at the Locarno Film Festival, is both a tribute to and a subversion of the ultra-violent revenge movies that he grew up on in Indonesia in the 1980s and 1990s. Edwin has a knack for a catchy title. The first short from the Indonesian … [Read more...]

How Asian film is making moves to take over from Hollywood

When Indonesian author Jesse Q Sutanto landed a book deal for her novel, Dial A for Aunties, she hadn't anticipated the film rights immediately being snapped up by Netflix. The Jakarta-based author describes her debut as 'Crazy Rich Asians meets Weekend at Bernies'. She says the tale - about a … [Read more...]

Film adaptation of Eka Kurniawan’s novel sets sights on global market

The third novel by award-winning author Eka Kurniawan, Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas, peculiarly given the international title Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash, has its cards lined up to become the next most-awaited movie. There is still another year to go before the movie hits … [Read more...]

Everything You Always Wanted to Happen in the Bumi Manusia Film* (*but Were Afraid to Ask)

The wait is, finally, almost over. The film adaptation of Pramoedya Ananta Toer's classic novel "Bumi Manusia," or This Earth of Mankind, gets its red carpet première in Surabaya today. The choice of the première location was dictated by the fact that most of the novel is set in Wonokromo on the … [Read more...]

Wregas Bhanuteja to Adapt Eka Kurniawan’s Short Story Into Film

Acclaimed filmmaker Wregas Bhanuteja, whose short, "Prenjak," won the Leica Cine Discovery Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, is set to make a short film based on Eka Kurniawan's story "Tak Ada Yang Gila di Kota Ini," ("No One Is Crazy in This Town") on the mistreatment of mentally ill … [Read more...]