Jakarta opens with ‘Persepolis’

Film festival unveils schedule

HONG KONG — The ninth Jakarta Film Festival has unveiled 170 movies to unspool at its Dec. 7-16 edition. Pics come from 35 countries.

Fest opens with “Persepolis,” the animated portrayal of life in Iran directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud that preemed in Cannes and was set to open the Bangkok festival but was pulled following a protest from the Iranian Embassy.

Event will wrap for the first time with the preem of a local movie, “Chants of Lotus,” a controversial omnibus film about marginalized women in modern Indonesia directed by femme filmmakers Nia Dinata, Lasja F. Susatyo, Upi and Fatimah Tobing.

Fest sections include A View From the SEA, dedicated to South East Asian cinema, plus those dedicated to world cinema, documentaries and shorts plus a tribute to legendary Malay thesp P. Ramlee.

International pictures include “No Country for Old Men,” “The Namesake,” Cannes winner “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.”

Fest will also host premieres of Indonesian docu “The Conductors,” by Andibachtiar Yusuf, and winners of last year’s script development competition “Crescent Moon Over the Sea,” by Yuli Andari, and “Boy Meets Girl,” by Erik Bachtiar and Utawa Tresno.

This year’s script competition and workshop will concentrate on documentaries, features and shorts and take place at the InterContinental Jakarta MidPlaza.

Screening events will unspool at the Blitz Megaplex in the Grand Indonesia shopping mall and cultural centers including the GoetheHaus, Erasmus Huis and Kineforum at the Ismail Marzuki Arts Center.

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