12th Jogja – NETPAC Asian Film Festival Opens with Screening of “Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts”!
The annual celebration for filmmakers and movie enthusiasts, 12th Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (JAFF) will roll out its main event from 1 – 8 December 2018 at several places in Yogyakarta. Prior to that, a series of pre-event celebration including an opening night was held on Tuesday, November 7th at CGV Hartono Mall Yogyakarta. Attended by the casts and crews of “Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts”, the festival was kicked off with a screening for this awaited film directed by Mouly Surya. Cited from Kedaulatan Rakyat, this movie emphasizes gender issues as Marlina can be seen as the female lead who makes huge decision in her life to avenge the stolen cattle in her home land of East Sumba. The screening of this movie was the first time in Indonesia, before its nationwide screening on 16 November 2017. 12th Jogja – NETPAC Asian Film Festival itself will be held on four venues which are Taman Budaya Yogyakarta, CGV in Yogyakarta, Cinema XXI Yogyakarta, and Tebing Breksi. This year’s edition brings the theme of “Fluidity”, to symbolize water or liquid to represent the state of Asian cinemas that keep changing and evolving yet retaining their core character. The addition of ‘Pacific’ region in the festival is also hoped to embrace the water theme more as the island nations are known for its marine ecosystem.
Fluidity expresses how cinema becomes a flexible medium for filmmakers to incorporate other fields of arts. The fusion between these two, and cinema as another form of art do not always result in a certainty. Cinema is an ever-changing organism that keeps growing and expanding, in response to technological changes and socio-political circumstances that are happening in the world. To further apply the theme to the festival, JAFF aims to collaborate with other artists in various disciplines like music composer, costume designer as well as visual artist. This year’s logo for JAFF was created by senior artist, Eko Nugroho in collaboration with the students of Eko Nugroho Art Class. His experience in Indonesia’s modern contemporary art and for the official artwork of 12th JAFF, he stays true to his cartoon style artwork. For more information regarding the festival and the following schedules of screening, discussion, and workshop, stay tuned to website.