Deckchair Cinema reopens with some of the best new Indonesian cinema hand-picked from the illuminating 12th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF). We also welcome Guest of Honour Garin Nugroho, Indonesia's most famous filmmaker, former President of JAFF and director of Nyai.
Wed 18 April: MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS (MA15+) - 7.30 session
Billed as a feminist 'satay Western'. When Marlina, a young widow, is attacked and her cattle stolen, she fights back. On a journey of redemption and empowerment she travels across the big sky island of Sumba in Indonesia. Full of humour, drama and strikingly beautiful cinematography, this exceptional film was selected to screen during the Director's Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival last year. Presented by MARLINA co-writer Garin Nugroho.
“At once tightly controlled and simmering with righteous fury, it's gorgeously lensed, atmospherically scored and moves inexorably toward a gratifying payoff.” - Variety
Thurs 19 April: NYAI (PG) - 7.30 session
As the end of Indonesia's Dutch colonial era approaches, a young and beautiful woman lives with her sick and aged Dutch husband. She is called 'Nyai', which means a foreigner's concubine. As the Indonesian Independence Movement gains momentum she realises that she is living in a kind of prison, all the while dealing with multiple visitors to her residence during the birthday of her sick husband. A new film from Indonesian auteur Garin Nugroho, this is a story that unfolds almost like a theatrical production while simultaneously using cinematic techniques, and is told in 90 minutes real time. Presented by Garin Nugroho
Tix: FREE ENTRY (first in, best dressed)
Fri 20 April: NEGERI DONGENG (PG) - 7.30 session
A team of seven young filmmakers climb the seven highest mountains in Indonesia, each with their own camera. The result is a dynamic and multi-perspective doco, showing just how rich and how vast Indonesia really is.
Fri 20 April: MESSAGE MAN (MA15+) - 9.30 session
MESSAGE MAN is set within the beauty of the Indonesian archipelagos. The story follows a reclusive Australian ex-hitman, Ryan Teller (Paul O'Brien) who has a dark history and broken moral compass. Choosing to live a nomadic life on his boat, Ryan forms a reluctant friendship with a local boy Doni (Aji Santosa) and his family. When the young boy is almost killed, it sets in motion a violent retaliation that forces Ryan to reestablish his ties with and also confront his dark past. An gripping thriller in the vein of the Jason Bourne films, featuring stunning scenery and an international cast including Verdi Solaiman and Mario Irwinsyah.