Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Jakarta International Film Festival wraps up five-day run

This year's Jakarta International Film Festival was halved from its usual 10 days down to five because of budget problems, but the program (PDF) was still jam-packed and there was an especially strong slate from Southeast Asia.

Thai features were Aditya Assarat's Wonderful Town and the documentary, The Convert. O Nathapon's romantic drama, A Moment in June, was scheduled for the Jakarta fest, but because of "film distribution troubles" (because of the PAD airport blockade perhaps?), it was not shown.

There was also the travelling S-Express package of shorts from Thailand, with Silencio by Sivaroj Kongsakul, Tanwarin Sukkapisit's I'm Fine Sa-bay-dee-kaa, Boonsri Tangtrongsin's The Invisible City and Nattachai Jaitita's Shan at the Dawn.

Russell Edwards has a review of the fest in The Australian.

In all, there were 138 films from 25 countries, according to Xinhua. The festival ran from December 5 to 9.

Update: Screen Daily's Stephen Cremin reports that the sex comedy Quickie Express won the best Indonesian feature prize and first-time helmer Mouly Surya won best director honors for her thriller Fiksi (Fiction). He also reports a lack of English subtitles on about half the films as well as overlapping showtimes.

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