Director of the Japan Foundation Jakarta, Tsukamoto Norihisa (second from right) together with some Indonesian filmmakers (Brilio.net/Syifa fauziah)

About A Woman, Lewat Djam Malam, Filosofi Kopi are among the 11 films to be screened at the event

Syifa Fauziah   21 October 2016 11:24

Brilio.net - The 29th Tokyo International Film Festival is set to take place on October 25 to November 3, with 11 Indonesian films scheduled to be screened in the Crosscut Asia #03: Colorful Indonesia program. 

Lewat Djam Malam (After the Curfew/1954), Photo: Cinema Poetica.com

Put together by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and Toronto International Film Festival since 2014, the section highlights various Asian fims by presenting various Asian films and this year will focus on featuring the works of Indonesian filmmakers.

These films include About A Woman, Something In The Way, Lovely Man, Three Sassy Sisters, Cado Cado: Doctor 101, Mother (Emma), Filosofi Kopi, Following Diana (Diana Sendiri Diana), Someone’s Wife In The Boat of Someone’s Husband, After the Curfew (Lewat Djam Malam), and Fiction. A number of cinemas in Tokyo will also be screening the selected films.

Cado Cado: Doctor 101, Photo: YouTube

According to Tsukamoto Norihisa, director of Japan Foundation Jakarta, Indonesian films have continued to show great improvements in the eyes of the international film industry and the 11 films reflect cultural diversity, some even provocative, showing outstanding and creative talents.

"Many Indonesian films have premiered overseas. That's because, Indonesian films are gaining prominence," said Tsukamoto in Jakarta.

Mother (Emma/2016), Photo: VIFF.org

Norihisa says the event will introduce more Indonesian filmmakers' works to Japanese cinematographers and could be a medium for cultural exchange efforts between the two countries.

"This will introduce the reality of Indonesia and will be a big opportunity for Japanese filmmaker to get to know Indonesian films. Moreover, this event will be a bridge for Indonesian and Japanese culture," he explained.

Filosofi Kopi (2015), Photo: itcaughtmyeyes.com

 

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