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OPERA JAWA

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OPERA JAWA

Director: Garin Nugroho
Indonesia   |   2006   |   120 minutes
Indonesian, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Setyo and Siti live a peaceful life as husband and wife, selling earthenware in their village. But when Setyo is called away on business, a flirtatious butcher, Ludiro, takes advantage of Siti's loneliness to seduce her. Tempted by song and dance, Siti initially refuses his advances but acquiesces in a moment of weakness, setting the stage for an epic battle between the two men. Located in lush forests and on pristine beaches of Java, director Garin Nugroho bases his deeply imagistic and dazzling visual narrative on the The Abduction of Sita, from the Hindu epic, The Ramayana.

About the Director Garin Nugroho was born in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in 1961. He studied filmmaking at the Institut Kesenian Jakarta, where he later taught filmmaking and was the Dean Assistant of Film Faculty & TV. He has directed numerous award-wining documentaries, short films and music videos. He has also worked as a film critic for Indonesian newspapers, as a Media Coalition Coordinator at the 2004 election, and is currently the director of SET Film Workshop. His feature film Of Love and Eggs (2004) was selected for Global Lens 2007. His other previous feature films include Birdman Tale (2002), And the Moon Dances (1995), Leaf on a Pillow (1998), Letter for an Angel (1994), and Love on a Slice of Bread (1991). Opera Jawa is his seventh feature film.Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2008 film series.



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CAST

Siti - Artika Sari Devi
Setyo - Martinus Miroto
Ludiro - Eko Supriyanto
Sukesi - Retno Maruti
Sure - Nyoman Sure

CREW

Director - Garin Nugroho
Writers - Garin Nugroho, Armantono
Executive Producers - Simon Field, Keith Griffith
Producer - Garin Nugroho
Cinematographer - Teoh Gay Hian
Editor - Andhy Pulung
Sound - Siti asifa Nasution
Music - Rahayu Supanggah, Wiwid Setya
REVIEWS

“A beautifully mounted musical epic combining traditional myths with contempo meditations on violence and social inequality, ‘Opera Jawa’ is bold and innovative… Choreography is often mesmerizing, especially when set within the precincts of a gorgeous seaside palace rising above the flat landscape.” -Variety

“Superbly conceived and performed, it's like nothing you've ever seen or heard.” -London Film Festival

“With its erotic choreography, saturated colours and rhapsodic, surreal folk imagery, the film might be compared to Powell and Pressburger or the kind of musical Paradjanov might have made in these circumstances.” -Time Out London

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

2007
Best Music Director, HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Silver Screen – Best Film, SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BUENOS AIRES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA
SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL
CINE NOVO FILM FESTIVAL
ALBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VILNIUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM
BELGRADE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GRANADA FILM FESTIVAL CINES DEL SUR
GÖTEBORG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL
CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WASHINGTON D.C. INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2006
Best Actress; Best Soundtrack and Musical Creation, FESTIVAL OF 3 CONTINENTS
NEW CROWNED HOPE FESTIVAL
TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
TOKYO FILMEX
PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TAPEI GOLDEN HORSE FILM FESTIVAL
LONDON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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