Tunggul Kumoro  05 September 2017 12:20

Indonesian film "Istirahatlah Kata-Kata" (Solo, Solitude), directed by Yosep Anggi Noen, won a Special Jury Award in the 25th edition of the Love is Folly International Film Festival organized by the Congress and Festival Centre, in Varna, Bulgaria from 25 August to 3 September 2017.

A total of 102 movies were screened in the Balkan's biggest and second most prestigious film festival after Grand Prix Award, according to Art and cultural relations of KBRI Sofia, Nurul Sofia.  

Indonesian film's participation in the festival was the fruit of KBRI Sofia and Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud)'s Film Development Center partnership which aimed to encourage Indonesian filmmakers for competing in a global event.

Selected Indonesian movies screened in the special segment of Indonesian Panorama included "Nokah", "Athirah", "Salawaku", "Emma", "Aisyah Biarkan Kami Bersaudara" and "Kejarlah Daku Kau Kutangkap".

Sekar Ayu Asmara, the curator of Ministry of Education and Culture Film Development Center revealed that the story of Widji Tukul in "Istirahatlah Kata-Kata" could happen to anyone and that she wished more Indonesian movies could participate in the event.

Proud Indonesian Ambassador to Sofia, Sri Astari Rasjid further expected more Indonesian film to be able to promote the country's tourism.

And, here is the full list of winner in 25th edition of the Love is Folly International Film Festival:

Best Film:
The Citizen (Hungary) by Roland Vranik

Special Jury Award:
Solo, Solitude (Indonesia) by Yosep Anggi Noen

Best Actress:
Rimma Zyubina for The Nest of The Turtledove (Ukraine) by Taras Tkachenko

Best Actor:
nanç Konukçu for Wedding Dance (Turkey) by Çidem Sezgin

Other awards:

Union of the Bulgarian Filmmakers Award:
Melancholy (Iran) by Morteza Atashzamzam

Bulgarian Film Critics’s Award:
Reykjavík (Iceland) by Ásgrímur Sverrisson

Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication from the St. Kliment Ohridski Sofia University Award:
Wedding Dance (Turkey) by Çidem Sezgin

Audience award:
Love and Other Catastrophes (Denmark) by Sofie Stougaard

Golden Aphrodite Life Achievement Award:
Emilia Radeva




Petra Hapsari  24 August 2017 11:15

People were waiting for spectacular ending from Demian Aditya's stunt in America’s Got Talent when unfortunately things did not seem to go as what they were supposed to.

Technical problem occurred when he was performing death defying act on the stage and it costs him two buzzes — although, to be fair, the problem might've been intentional. But who knows?

Moreover, judges and audience also seemed to be disappointed by his performance.

It’s also quite surprising to know that his wife Sara Wijayanto did not appear on the show’s screen.

Demian Aditya is the first Indonesian magician to rock America’s Got Talent. Before the last performance, his other performances successfully attracted people’s attention.


  23 August 2017 16:35

"Charm of Parahyangan" Carnival, the climax for 72nd Anniversary of Indonesia's Independence Day commemoration is set to be held in Bandung, West Java, on Aug. 26, 2017 carrying the theme "Light the Flame in the Spirit of Cooperation".

The event involves more than 1,200 participants ranging from artists and youth communities in West Java, as well as representatives from other Indonesia's internationally-acclaimed festivals, including Jember Fashion Carnaval, Solo Batik Carnival and Tomohon International Flower Festival.

The carnival would be a folk's fiesta showcasing a parade that represents Indonesia's cultural wealth, according to Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

"Bandung is reputable as a creative and cultural city, the selection of the city as a venue would further strengthen Bandung's position as a center of creative industries and world-class carnival destinations," said Arief on Tuesday through a press statement.

Aat Suratin, the chief of production team, revealed that the festival would be a platform to perform numerous cultural expressions.

"All participants of the carnival, both traditional and contemporary will express creative works referring from the main theme of the carnival," said Aat.   

President Joko Widodo along with First Lady Iriana are scheduled to attend and take part in the carnival in a beautifully decorated presidential carriage, Kereta Pancasila (Pancasila Carriage).

Commencing from the Simpang Lima intersection, the parade will pass the Asia-Afrika Road to the Savoy Homann Hotel and the Merdeka Building and end at the city square of Bandung.  

The event will also be highlighted by artistic presentations of traditional arts Sumedang's Kuda Renggong (Dancing Horses), Sisingaan (Sundanese Lion Dance), Reog Ponorogo and another performance by rebana musicians, Museum Kid Care Community, Asia Africa Students Community, Dangiang Galuh Pakuan Ancient Art Community, League of Veterans of the Republic Indonesia (LVRI) and many more.



  14 August 2017 10:00

Javanese gamelan is unique and apparently, the ensemble managed to attract not only locals but also foreigners. One of them is Peter William Hendrik Smith — or to his friends: Parto.

Peter has been learning how to play gamelan for a long time. He even stayed in Solo for years, making him able to speak Javanese fluently.

The man was in Yogyakarta last week to attend Yogyakarta Arts Festival (FKY) where he along with his students performed a gamelan concert.

Let's get to know him better.

1. He firstly knew gamelan when he was helping someone unpack a gamelan package sent to his campus.

Parto was a music student. As he was playing piano, people used the next door room for Javanese gamelan. He wanted to help arrange the gamelan. He directly fell for the new carving and bronze. He was then curious about how it sounds and after listening to it, he fell in love even deeper. Different from piano, playing gamelan with his friends made him wanting to know more about it.

2. Parto likes to eat Javanese food.

Parto once lived in Ngasinan, Jebres, Solo and the experience let him taste Indonesian food. Patro loves Indonesian sambal including petai (bitter bean), dogfruit and coconut sambal.

3. For Parto, gamelan can be a way of meditation.

Javanese gending songs such as Ayo Praon, and Rondo Kempling are ear-catching and people who listen to the songs admit they can make them relax. Apparently, gamelan songs are good for meditation.

4. He has been teaching gamelan for 30 years.

To his knowledge, there are 100 students learning how to play Javanese gamelan, 5 learning how to play Balinese gamelan, and 2 learning how to play Sundanese gamelan. This time, he brought 100 of his students to perform Javanese gamelan in Indonesia.

5. He wants the next generation to continue playing gamelan.

It turns out that a lot of youth who are also enthusiastic in playing gamelan. There are many times Parto attended Javanese gamelan performances with young players. In England, there are also a lot of youth joining gamelan ensemble in his campus.

Watch the video here:

Original Indonesian article by Laksa Mahardikengrat


Tunggul Kumoro  09 August 2017 10:00

Last April, Josh Brolin's name came out of the blue amid Nathan Summers a.k.a Cable casting speculation for David Leitch's 'Deadpool 2' and on Monday, we finally get the first glimpse of the 49-year-old actor as the time-travelling mutant.

It was again our 'merch with a mouth' Ryan Reynold, who tweeted out the teaser photo of close-up of Brolin's face, decorated with scars and techno-organic left eye.

Even better, Reynold then shared the second photo showing the ripped and badass Brolin in his supposedly post-apocalyptic costume.

This is actually the second time for Reynold to tease fans with photo from the set. Last week, the actor posted the picture of Zazie Beetz as probability-altering mercenary Domino.

Deadpool 2 is set to premiere next year.



Petra Hapsari  25 July 2017 21:30

Indonesian artist Thomas Kurniawan gives 'magical' touch to Disney Princesses.

Thomas remakes the princesses starting from Belle to Elsa and combine them with the faces we love starting from Emma Watson to Angelina Jolie.

He shares his artworks on his personal blog which gain a lot of positive reactions from viewers and even some of them say his version is better than Disney's.

Here are how Disney Princesses look like in the hands of Thomas Kurniawan:

1. Emma Watson as Ariel


2. Diana Agron as Aurora


3. Lily Collins as Belle


4. Tang Wei as Mulan


5. Gal Gadot as Jasmine


6. Amanda Seyfried as Merida


7. Angelina Jolie as Elsa


8. Jessica Alba as Kidagakash Nedakh



Tunggul Kumoro  24 July 2017 14:00

Brilio.net - Warner Bros and DC Comics announced on Saturday at the San Diego Comic-Con that a sequel to their sensational success "Wonder Woman" is on its way.

The announcement was not actually a surprise.

Warner Bros. executive told Variety last month that they were working on a sequel with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.

Jenkins herself has also hinted towards a possible plot she wants in the sequel during an interview with Entertainment Weekly in April.

"The story will take place in the U.S., which I think is right. She’s Wonder Woman. She’s got to come to America. It’s time,” she said. "I made Wonder Woman. Now I want to make Wonder Woman 2. It’s a beautiful story to tell, an important time to tell it and with people that I love."

"Wonder Woman" starring Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (General Antiope), and Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta) is the highest-grossing film in the DC Extended Universe, grossing more than $770 million worldwide and is tailing Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" for the summer's top grossing movie.

In addition, the studio also revealed plans for a possible standalone project starring Batgirl and a sequel to their antihero film "Suicide Squad".

The news of the sequel comes while Gal Gadot, along with the cast of "Justice League" are promoting a new full-length trailer for their film, which is due out November 17.