ASIAN FEATURE

Kompleksitas (Film) Panjang

 

Membesut film panjang membutuhkan perhitungan yang tak pendek. Kompleksitas peristiwa harus dielaborasi sebagai tawaran konten, konsep, dan konteks penciptaan sinema yang adekuat. Para pengkaji sering mengatakan bahwa film pendek bukanlah film panjang yang dipendekkan. Pernyataan tersebut bagi kami juga berlaku untuk yang sebaliknya, film panjang bukanlah film pendek yang dipanjangkan. Lebih lanjut, jika banyak pengkaji mengidentikkan film pendek dengan efektivitas peristiwa, maka, menurut pemahaman kami, film panjang identik dengan kompleksitas peristiwa. Pemahaman tersebut, sadar atau tidak, ternyata banyak menggiring kami dalam memilih film-film panjang Asia untuk program Asian Feature.

Pako (Walid M. Taher/Irak) adalah film yang memadatkan kehidupan seorang prajurit perang di hadapan agama, politik, dan militer yang nyaris tak bisa dibedakan. Kfc (Binh Giang Le/Vietnam) adalah teka-teki silang yang banyak diisi dengan daging,  darah segar, dan adegan kasar. Kfc tak tampil sebagai merk dagang, tetapi sebagai kompleksitas peristiwa pembunuhan. Satu film lainnya, Qingshui Li De Daozi [Knife in the Clear Water] (Wang Xuebo/Cina), tak bisa disangkal lagi, adalah film yang sangat dekat dengan konteks yang melingkupi kita di sini: ritual empat puluh hari untuk kerabat yang meninggal. Selain itu, film ini juga memainkan kebetulan dan peristiwa religius secara bersamaan.

Untuk film yang kental dengan konteks sejarah, kami menghadirkan Bari Luys [Good Morning] (Anna Arevshatyan/Armenia) dan Ziarah (BW Purba Negara/Indonesia). Dua film tersebut mengelola konteks dan periode sejarah bangsa dan negara yang berbeda dengan pendekatan yang juga berbeda. Bari Luys menempatkan sejarah sebagai upaya menuju perpisahan. Melalui subjek utamanya, Bari Luys menunjukkan kepingan-kepingan dari peristiwa kehilangan. Sebaliknya, sejarah dalam Ziarah tampil sebagai perjalanan yang dihadirkan lewat tuturan demi tuturan dan pertemuan demi pertemuan. Semua itu ditunjukkan lewat subjek renta yang berupaya mencari makam suaminya. Ziarah membawa kita untuk melihat pola-pola lisan sebagai kesederhanaan penceritaan.

Dalam kelompok Asian Feature yang lain, kami menghadirkan Sunya (Harry Suharyadi/Indonesia), sebuah film yang berhasil memberikan nuansa yang gelap dan mistis. Ada pula Interchange (Dain Iskandar Said/Malaysia), sebuah transformasi menarik dari data antropologis yang mencoba menghadirkan sudut pandang pasca-penjajahan. Istirahatlah Kata-Kata [Solo, Solitude] (Yosep Anggi Noen/Indonesia) dan When the Woods Bloom (Bijukumar Damodaran/India) juga dihadirkan sebagai dua film yang mengelaborasi fragmen sejarah gerakan sosial sayap kiri di dua negara yang berbeda dengan cara yang relatif subtil dan sedikit komikal.

Kesederhanaan yang ditawarkan Sihung [Canine] (Esa Hari Akbar/Indonesia) dan City of Jade (Midi Z/Taiwan & Myanmar) perlu kita apresiasi sebagai film dokumenter yang mumpuni. Keduanya merekam subjek-subjeknya dengan sangat sederhana. Keduanya mendekati kenyataan sedekat mungkin, dan menangkap fakta-fakta kompleks yang terlanjur mengerak dan menjadi problem sosial, ekonomi, serta kebudayaan. Dengan gaya pendekatan yang berbeda, hUSh (Kan Lume & Djenar Maesa Ayu/Singapura & Indonesia) adalah film dokumenter dengan subjek yang artikulatif dan tanpa beban mengurai beragam masalah, dari yang bersifat sosial hingga personal. Tiga dokumenter tersebut bagi kami memiliki daya sentuh masing-masing.

Ada sekitar dua puluh delapan film panjang Asia yang kami sodorkan. Dua di antaranya kami percaya mampu memberikan energi positif untuk membuka dan menutup perhelatan JAFF ke-11. Dua film yang kami maksud adalah Salawaku (Pritagita Arianegara/Indonesia) dan Kyrgyz-Kazakh: Bir Tuugan [Travelling With Bomb] (Nurlan Abdykadyrov/Kirgizstan).

Selamat menonton.

 

The Complexity of Feature

 

Earning wings through feature requires an uneasy calculation. The complexity of events must be elaborated into adequate content, concept, and creation context of cinema. Reviewers often say that a short film is not a shortened feature. For us, the logic can be applied to the opposite; a feature is not a prolonged short film. Furthermore, if most reviewers identify short films with the effectiveness of events, then, based on our understanding, features are identical to the complexity of events. Such understanding, whether we realize it or not, highly influences us in selecting Asian features for Asian Feature Program.

Pako (Walid M. Taher/Iraq) is a film condensing the life of a war soldier before religion, politics, and military that are difficult to be distinguished from one another. Kfc (Binh Giang Le/Vietnam) is a crossword filled with flesh, fresh blood, and violent scenes. Kfc presents itself not as a trademark, but as the complexity of a murder. Meanwhile, Qingshui Li De Daozi [Knife in the Clear Water] (Wang Xuebo/China) is, undoubtedly, a film that is really close to the context enveloping us here: a ritual celebrating the 40th day of a relative’s death. Moreover, the film cleverly uses coincidences and a religious events concurrently.

For films with rich historical context, we present Bari Luys [Good Morning] (Anna Arevshatyan/Armenia) and Ziarah (BW Purba Negara/Indonesia). Both manage the historical context and period of two different nations and countries by using different approaches. Bari Luys puts history as an attempt heading to separation. Through its main subject, Bari Luys tries to show the fragments of the events of losses. On the other hand, history in Ziarah is presented a journey word by word, encounter by encounter. All of them are delivered through an elder people trying so hard to find the grave of her husband. Ziarah wants us to perceive oral patterns as the simplicity of narration.

In another category within Asian Feature, we present Sunya (Harry Suharyadi/Indonesia), a film succeeding in giving a dark and mystical atmosphere. There is also Interchange (Dain Iskandar Said/Malaysia), an interesting transformation of anthropological data serving as an effort to provide a post-colonial perspective. Istirahatlah Kata-Kata [Solo, Solitude] (Yosep Anggi Noen/Indonesia) and When the Woods Bloom (Bijukumar Damodaran/India) are presented as the two films elaborating the fragments of the history of left wing social movement in two different countries in a relatively subtle and a little bit comical manners.

The simplicity offered by Sihung [Canine] (Esa Hari Akbar/Indonesia) and City of Jade (Midi Z/Taiwan & Myanmar) needs to be appreciated as qualified documentaries. Both capture their subjects in a very simple manner. Both approach reality as close as they can, and capture complex facts already manifested into social, economic, and cultural problems. With a different style of approach, hUSh (Kan Lume & Djenar Maesa Ayu/Singapore & Indonesia) becomes a documentary possessing an subject that can articulately and burdenlessly solve problems, from the social to the personal ones. For us, these documentaries have their own unique charm.

There are approximately twenty-eight Asian features that we are offering. Two of them, we believe, are capable of emitting positive energy required to open and close the 11th JAFF. The films we are referring are Salawaku (Pritagita Arianegara/Indonesia) and Kyrgyz-Kazakh: Bir Tuugan [Travelling With Bomb] (Nurlan Abdykadyrov/Kyrgyzstan).

Hope you enjoy watching.

 

Suluh Pamuji

Programmer

Competition – NETPAC Award & Geber Award

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Bari Luys (Good Morning)

Director: Anna Arevshatyan
Duration:107 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Armenia
Category:Fiction

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Kfc

Director: Binh Giang Le
Duration:69 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Vietnam
Category:Fiction

Qingshui Li De Daozi (Knife in the Clear Water)

Director: Wang Xuebo
Duration: 93 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: China
Category:Fiction

Pako

Director: Walid Taher
Duration:65 minutes
Production: 2015
Country: Iraq
Category:Fiction

Rathu Samanala Heenayak (Red Butterfly Dream)

Director: Priyantha Kaluarachchi
Duration: 86 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Sri Lanka
Category:Fiction

Sihung

Director: Esa Hari Akbar
Duration: 86 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Indonesia
Category: Documentary

Singing in Graveyards

Director: Bradley Liew
Duration: 141 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Malaysia & Philippines 
Category:Fiction

Turah

Director: Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo
Duration: 79 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Indonesia
Category: Fiction

A Yellow Bird

Director: K. Rajagopal
Duration: 110 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Singapore
Category:Fiction

Ziarah

Director: BW Purba Negara
Duration: 84 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Indonesia
Category: Fiction

Competition – JAFF Award (Golden & Silver Hanoman Award)

City of Jade

Director: Midi Z
Duration: 99 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Taiwan & Myanmar
Category: Documentary

Daughters of the Three Tailed Banner

Director: Gutierrez Mangansakan II
Duration: 77 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Philippines
Category: Fiction

hUsh

Director: Djenar Maesa Ayu & Kan Lumé
Duration: 90 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Indonesia
Category: Fiction

Interchange

Director: Dain Iskandar Said
Duration: 102 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Malaysia
Category: Fiction

Istirahatlah Kata-Kata (Solo, Solitude)

Director: Yosep Anggi Noen
Duration: 97 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Indonesia
Category: Fiction

下衆の愛 Gesu no Ai (Lowlife Love)

Director: Eiji Uchida
Duration: 110 minutes
Production: 2015
Country: Japan
Category: Fiction

MRS.

Director: Adolfo Alix, Jr
Duration: 80 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Phillippines 
Category: Fiction

Sunya

Director: Harry Dagoe Suharyadi
Duration: 87minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Indonesia
Category: Fiction

The Island Funeral

Director: Pimpaka Towira
Duration: 105 minutes
Production: 2015
Country: Thailand 
Category: Fiction

Kaadu Pookkunna Neram (When the Woods Bloom)

Director: Dr. Biju
Duration: 105 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: India
Category: Fiction

Non Competition

Alone in a Valley

Director: Boodee Keerthisena
Duration: 108 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Sri Lanka
Category: Fiction

Emma’ (Mother)

Director: Riri Riza
Duration: 82 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: Indonesia
Category: Fiction

Flights Through Darkness

Director: Wong Kwang Han/
Duration: 107 minutes
Production: 2015
Country: Singapore
Category: Fiction

Old Stone

Director: Johnny MA
Duration: 80 minutes
Production: 2016
Country: China
Category: Fiction