Indonesian Films Honored at the 25th Tokyo International Film Festival

The prestigious 25th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) officially opens today and will run through October 28. It is the sole Japanese film festival with an accreditation from the International Federation of Film Producers Association (FIAPF). TIFF has been playing an active and inspiring role in Japanese film and culture ever since its establishment in 1985, and is known as one of the four major film festivals in the world that also includes Cannes, Venice and Berlin. On its silver anniversary, and together with The Japan Foundation, TIFF invited three generations of Indonesian film directors: Garin Nugroho, Riri Riza and Edwin to attend this year’s festival with a focus on Indonesian films.

The latest film by Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza, titled Atambua 39 Degrees Celsius, has been chosen for the competition and will have its world premiere screening on October 24 and 25 at Roppongi Hills. More Indonesian films will also be shown as part of the program titled “Indonesia Express” including Laskar Pelangi (Rainbow Troops, directed by Riri Riza); Sang Pemimpi (The Dreamer, by Riri Riza); Mata Tertutup (The Blindfold, By Garin Nugroho); Soegija (by Garin Nugroho); Babi Buta Yang Ingin Terbang (Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly, by Edwin) and Postcards From The Zoo (by Edwin).

A scene from SoegijaDirector Garin Nugrorho has been invited by TIFF seven times over the years and has also been one of the judges at the biggest international film festival in Asia. Garin shares his views on TIFF, “This particular festival has its own characteristic, where you get the entertainment aspect but more of the arts. I have been here several times and I believe that TIFF has been supporting the development of Indonesian film while presenting the reality of Indonesia’s diverse cultures to Japanese society.”

TIFF has also chosen up-and-coming young film director, Mouly Surya, and her film project titled The Fandom Diary to participate in Project Market TIFFCOM 2012 — a commercial event that aims to provide a market in Asia for filmmakers and buyers from all over the world. Mouly’s film is largely based on her own observations and tells the story of 3 fandoms (fans of Japanese artists) from Japan, France and Indonesia who become friends and eventually learn about each other’s cultures through social media.

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picture taken from Tokyo International Film Festival official website

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