The crisis facing the moribund Indonesian film industry was neatly symbolized in the national miniseries festival held Dec. 3-7 when two top awards went to Arifin Noer.
The legendary feature filmmaker, who died in September, was honored posthumously as director for his mini “Keris” (Dagger).
Noer was one of a number of movie directors who turned to TV in the past few years, frustrated by an inability to raise money for feature films.
Noer’s last pic, “Taksi,” was a moneymaker that nabbed the cream of the Indonesian film fest awards in 1991. That fest lapsed the following year, as local film output dwindled under the onslaught of Hollywood blockbusters.
The miniseries fest did, however, underline some emerging TV talent, typified by helmer Enison Sinaro. His “Menghitung Hari” (Counting the Days) was prized for drama, editing, acting and cinematography.