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Garden Amidst the Flame

En Úm An Únèr I Wàà

Asian Premiere

28 minutes | 2022 | Indonesia, United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Netherlands | Experimental | 🔊 Melayu Minahasa, Tontemboan, English | English Sub. | 13+


Garden Amidst the Flame is a captivating non-linear coming-of-age tale that immerses us in the world of young Minahasan girls. The story follows protagonist Virsay, who explores the hypermasculine aspects of her culture. Unbeknownst to her, her sister is part of a child gang practicing ancient knowledge, leading to surreal experiences such as encountering a Coelacanth monster and a dancing Rooster beast. Inspired by a Karai ritual, the narrative blends symbols, myths, and fiction, culminating in a fantasy film. The characters, including Virsay, her sister Mikha, Grandpa Yop, and the child gang led by Wulan Lengkoan, work together to challenge hypermasculine Minahasan rituals and daily life.


THU, 30 NOV 2023 | XXI STUDIO 5 | 14:30

Director's Biography

Biografi Sutradara

Natasha Tontey

Natasha Tontey

Natasha Tontey is a Minahasan artist based in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, known for her exploration of fictional histories and myths related to 'manufactured fear.' Her work envisions alternative futures from the perspective of marginalized entities rather than established institutions. She has exhibited globally, including a solo show in London and participation in international events like the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Singapore Biennale. In 2020, she received the HASH Award from ZKM and Akademie Schloss-Solitude. Natasha is a fellow of the Human Machine program at Akademie der Künste Berlin from 2021-2023, further cementing her presence in the international art scene.

Cast & Crew

Kru & Pemain

Production Company New Pessimism Studio

Producer B. M. Anggana, Natasha Tontey

Main Cast Virsay Winda Kewas, Mikha Aracelli Lolowang

Screenplay Natasha Tontey

Cinematographer Aditya Krisnawan

Editor Arief Budiman

Notable Achievement

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2022


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