Terracotta Far East Film Festival 2013

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

With so many film festivals taking place in London all the time, it's hard to keep up with all of them. I recently found out about the Terracotta Far East Film Festival despite it is already in its 5th year.

The festival showcases a range of current films from different parts of Asia with a special spotlight on Indonesia this year, as well as a special memorial section honouring the two Hong Kong superstars, Leslie Cheung and Anita Mui who both passed away 10 years ago ( Rouge is a daunting love story with outstanding performances esp. from Anita Mui, who subsequently won several best actress awards for her role in the region).

Last night, I attend the first UK screening of Sang Penari (The Dancer) with a Q & A with the director Ifa Isfansyah. I am not familiar with Indonesian films, so this was an eye-opening experience for me especially to learn about its traditional culture and dark political past. This beautiful, brave and engaging film was inspired by rather than adapted from ( as the director said at the Q & A) an Indonesian trilogy novel by Ahmad Tohari titled ‘ Paruk Village’s Ronggeng’ (or Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk). The film was not a box-offfice hit in Indonesia and many scenes were cut due to its political subject and sexual content. Despite this, the film received critical acclaim and received several top awards at the 2011 Indonesian Film Festival. Here is the trailer of the film:


Sang Penari (The Dancer)


There are a few more Indonesian film being shown until 15th June, so don't miss out on this rare opportunity to see more films made from this part of the world.


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