HONG KONG — The drama “Denias Senandung Di Atas Awan,” helmed by John De Rantau, won the first competition for Indonesian movies at the Jakarta Film Festival (Jiffest), which wrapped its eighth frame Sunday.
Pic, about a boy who is turned away from school because he is too poor, was named best Indonesian film. The local helmer award went to Rudy Soedjarwo for his “9 Naga,” about child assassins.
Country’s best known arthouse helmer, Garin Nugroho, received a special mention for his “Opera Jawa,” which preemed in Venice.
Jury said it was pleased with the overall technical quality of what it had to see, but gently rebuked the film-makers for being too talky.
Jiffest again struggled with censorship problems. Dutch docu “Promised Paradise” was prevented from screening because it includes images of one of the Bali bombers. The censor also refused to relent on three movies that were banned last year on the grounds that they may disturb the peace in Aceh province; festival programming chief Orlow Seunke had tried to present them again this year.
Seunke, a Dutch national who has selected the lineup for the last three years, bid farewell to the fest. He said event has almost no financial support from government or local industry.
Seunke, who helmed 1982 Venice Golden Lion winner “The Taste of Water,” is expected to return to filmmaking.