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Jakarta fest trims to five days

100 movies from 20 countries to be screened

HONG KONG — The Jakarta Int’l Film Fest is to slash its planned running time from ten days to just five, a move it says was brought on by the global economic slowdown.

Originally planned for a Dec 5-14 run, fest will now unspool Dec 5-9, with the number of venues largely unchanged and a planned 100 movies from 20 countries to be screened.

Jiffest, which this year marks its tenth anniversary, previously received majority of its budget from foreign benefactors, with revenues from ticket sales topped up by a smaller amount of government funding and local commercial partners.

Fest spokesman told Variety that global crisis meant foreign sponsors were less forthcoming, while the sliding value of the Indonesian currency had increased the cost of film rentals and pushed up the cost of hiring venues.

The remaining foreign donations are expected to make up 15% of this year’s reduced budget with government contribution totalling just 10%.

Event will be book-ended by an opening night screening of Coen brothers’ “Burn After Reading” and a closing bash featuring Woody Allen-helmed “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.”

During the fest’s ten year run, Indonesian film-making has marked a tenfold increase and birthday celebrations are set to include a retrospective titled ’10 Years of Indonesian Film Revival.’ This will feature hits “Sherina’s Adventure” (Petualangan Sherina) “What’s up Love?” (Ada Apa Dengan Cinta?) and chiller “Jelangkung.”

Budget cutbacks mean that competition section for local films will not give fest screenings to all 84 Indonesian movies made in the past year, but will instead involve a ten film selection: “Fiksi,” “Get Married,” “In the Name of Love,” “The Rainbow Troops” (Laskar Pelangi,) “LoVe,” “May,” “They Say I’m a Monkey” (Mereka Bilang Saya Monyet!,) “Chants of Lotus” (Perempuan Punya Cerita,) “Quickie Express” and “Radit & Jani.”

Other Asian films screening include My Magic, A Moment of June, Susuk and Tribu and Tokyo Sonata.

Int’l titles include “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “Flame & Citron” from Denmark, French mega-hit “Bienvenue Chez les Ch’tis” and Oscar hopefuls from The Netherlands (“Dunya & Desie,”) Jordan (“Captain Abu Raed”) and Iran (“Songs of Sparrows.”)

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