Five Popular National Films in 2019

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NUSADAILY.COM-JAKARTA– Indonesian film in 2019 is enough to bring fresh air for film lovers in the country. Starting in terms of diversity of stories, to visualization. So that film enthusiasts claiming filmmakers in the country began to rise again.

And here are five Indonesian films that have brought the name of Indonesia to the international film scene throughout 2019 compiled from various sources.

Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku (Memories of My Body)

The film premiered at the 75th Venice International Film Festival in September 2018. The film directed by Garin Nugroho also won the 2018 Critic Film Independent Award, then the Best Film at the 2018 Dec 3 Continents Festival, and the 2018 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The film, starring the best actor FFI 2019, Mohammad Khan, aired in Indonesian theaters starting April 18, 2019 and was able to get various reactions and controversies.

Talking about insecurity in accepting oneself from the perspective of Lengger dancers, Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku also represented Indonesia in the long list of Best International Feature Film categories at the 2020 Academy Awards.

The ‘27 Steps of May ’film

It premiered at the 2018 Busan International Film Festival and has participated in various international film festivals, such as the Cape Town Film Festival in South Africa and the Goteborg Film Festival in Sweden. Starring Raihanun and Lukman Sardi, this film also won an award as the ‘Best Film’ (Golden Hanoman Award) for the best ‘Asian Long Film’ category at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival in November 2018.

The film also won an international award at The 3rd Malaysia Golden Global Awards (MGGA 2019), Malaysia International Film Festival, July 2019, and won two awards.

Tells about May (Raihanun), a victim of sexual harassment who has suffered severe trauma since the age of 14 years. 27 Steps of May competed with “Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku” to represent Indonesia to win the 2020 Oscar in the Best International Feature Film category.


Adapted from the story of the 1969 Indonesian superhero character made by Harya Suraminata, this film became an oasis in the middle of Indonesian cinema in 2019. The film penetrated one million viewers in one week of its screenings in domestic cinemas.

Not only grew up in their own country, “Gundala” participated in “snatching” the 2019 Toronto Film Festival, to be aired in the Midnight Madness category, along with other prestigious films such as “The Capote Tapes” (Ebs Burnough), “The Cave” (Feras Fayyad), “Citizen K” (Alex Gibney), to “Joker” (Todd Phillips).
The film, which began as Jagat Sinema Bumilangit (JSB), was released in theaters on August 29, 2019, and is the first Indonesian film to use the Dolby Atmos sound system.

Hiruk Pikuk Si-Alkisa (The Science of Fictions)

The film by young director Yosep Anggi Noen has managed to penetrate a number of international film festivals this year. His work has crossed the Busan Film Festival in the “A Window on Asian Cinema” program in October, as well as at the Tokyo International Film Festival which was included in the “World Focus” program in November.

Previously, the film “The Science of Fictions” also premiered and won the Special Mention Award at the Locarno International Film Festival.

The film involves a series of actors such as Gunawan Maryanto who are active in the theater, Yudi Ahmad Tajudin, Lukman Sardi, Ecky Lamoh, Alex Suhendra, Marissa Anita, Rusini, and Asmara Abigail. “The Science of Fictions” will air in Indonesia in 2020.

Perempuan Tanah Jahanam (Impetigore) and “Folklore: A Mother’s Love”

The horror/thriller film director Joko Anwar, “Perempuan Tanah Jahanam” broke through and will be screened at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. The film with the international title “Impetigore” will be screened in the “MIDNIGHT” category, along with a number of other international films such as “Amulet” by Romola Garai from England, as well as two American films “Bad Hair” and “The Night House”, each directed by Justin Simien and David Bruckner.

While Joko Anwar’s other horror films, namely “Folklore: A Mother’s Love” has been screened at the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival, along with “The Science of Fictions” and “Foxtrot Six”.

The film is one of six HBO films with the theme of ghostly legends from Southeast Asia. The film starred well-known actors such as Marissa Anita and Muzakki Ramdhan. (aka/ant)