LIGHT OF ASIA – COMPILATION 1

Kisah Cinta Dari Barat

World Premiere
Crazyone Films
Indonesia
9 Minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: M. Reza Fahriyansyah
Writer: M. Reza Fahriyansyah
Producer: Annisa Adjam, Said Nurhidayat, Wimba Hinu Satama
Cast: Ahmat Sofyan, Ninda Fillasputri

A young couple, Sopian and Tiara who spend a regular date together and bring out a conversation regarding their dreams to work in the newly established airport, next to their village.

Sepasang kekasih, Sopian dan Tiara yang bertukar dialog tentang impian mereka bekerja di sebuah bandara internasional yang baru saja dibangun tak jauh dari desa tempat mereka tinggal.

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Director’s Profile

M. Reza Fahriyansyah

Reza is an Indonesian film director who was born in Jakarta, July 14th 1993. He graduated from Indonesian Institute or Arts Yogyakarta and founded Crazyone Films in 2015. In the past years, he has been consistently highlighting social working class issues through his films.

His previous short film, “Kembalilah Dengan Tenang (Rest In Peace)” was selected for short film competition at Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2019 and was being nominated for the best short film category at one of the most prestigious national appreciation Festival Film Indonesia in the same year. His latest short, “Kisah Cinta Dari Barat (West Love)” has participated in Objectifs Short Film Incubator Singapore 2020 and just being selected as nominee for best short film at Festival Film Indonesia 2021.

Reza adalah sutradara film Indonesia yang lahir di Jakarta, 14 Juli 1993. Ia lulus dari Institut Seni Indonesia, Yogyakarta dan mendirikan Crazyone Films pada tahun 2015. Selama beberapa tahun terakhir, Reza secara konsisten menyoroti masalah kelas sosial melalui film-film pendeknya.

Filmnya yang berjudul “Kembalilah Dengan Tenang (Rest In Peace)” berkompetisi di Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2019 dan terpilih dalam Festival Film Indonesia di kategori film pendek terbaik tahun 2019. Film terbarunya “Kisah Cinta Dari Barat (West Love) 2021 merupakan project film pendek terpilih dalam Objectifs Short Film Incubator Singapore dan juga masuk nominasi Festival Film Indonesia di kategori film pendek terbaik tahun 2021.

Bagan

Indonesian Premiere
Singgah Production
Malaysia
24 minutes 
2021
Fiction
Director: Firdaus Balam
Writer: Safa Azul Sidek, Firdaus Balam
Producer:Abdullah Hannan Syed 
Cast: Frankey Asiang, Chris Federico

Frankie lives at home with his grandma while his peers go off to school. When a Government notice arrives one day announcing land reform of his village, Frankie is unable to read it. Too proud to ask his best friend Gamat for help, he spirals into rage and later, regret. Bagan tells the story of the final days of a dying village, told through the eyes of a pair of adolescents; when innocence clashes with the harsh reality of growing up and moving on.

Frankie di rumah saja bersama neneknya sementara teman-temannya pergi ke sekolah. Ketika ada pemberitahuan Pemerintah suatu hari yang mengumumkan reformasi agraria di desanya, Frankie tidak bisa membacanya. Karena merasa gengsi untuk meminta bantuan sahabatnya, Gamat, dia terbakar amarah, namun kemudian menyesal. Bagan bercerita tentang kisah hari-hari terakhir sebuah desa yang sekarat melalui sudut pandang sepasang remaja; ketika kepolosan berbenturan dengan kenyataan pahit tumbuh dewasa dan melanjutkan hidup.

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Director’s Profile

Firdaus Balam

Muhammad Firdaus (b. 1998) is an independent filmmaker based in Malaysia. He graduated from Multimedia University Iskandar Puteri with a Bachelor of Cinematic Arts. His passion for filmmaking started at an early age as he aspires to be a film director since young. ‘Anak Seletar’ is his first attempt at a long-form documentary as he observes the life of an indigenous tribe in the south of Malaysia. The film is about emotion, and emotion can be understood by anyone. He believes that film should be a medium for the voiceless person to tell their stories in a free way.

Muhammad Firdaus (lahir 1998) adalah seorang pembuat film independen dari Malaysia. Ia lulus dari Universitas Multimedia Iskandar Puteri dengan gelar Bachelor of Cinematic Arts. Gairahnya untuk membuat film sudah muncul sejak dini karena ia bercita-cita menjadi sutradara film sejak kecil. “Anak Seletar” adalah percobaan pertamanya dengan bentuk film dokumenter panjang saat ia mengamati kehidupan suku asli di selatan Malaysia. Film ini adalah tentang emosi, dan emosi bisa dipahami oleh siapa saja. Dia percaya bahwa film harus menjadi media bagi orang-orang yang tidak dapat bersuara untuk menceritakan kisah mereka dengan bebas.

Live in Cloud-Cuckoo Land

“Mây nhưng không mưa”

Indonesian Premiere
CJ Cultural Foundation
Vietnam
20 minutes
2020
Fiction
Director: Vu Minh Nghia, Pham Hoang Minh Thy
Writer: Vu Minh Nghia, Pham Hoang Minh Thy
Producer: Vu Minh Nghia, Pham Hoang Minh Thy
Cast: Le Binh Giang, Huong Phung,  Trung Tran, Vu Chau Khanh Vy

A modern tale of Kafka in Vietnam – a country in the middle of a transformation. The film feels like a piece of cultural news with daily events: a wedding, traffic congestion, a robbery, a mystical metamorphosis and a love story.

Sebuah kisah modern Kafka di Vietnam – sebuah negara tengah berada di era transformasi. Film ini terasa seperti berita budaya berisi peristiwa sehari-hari: pernikahan, kemacetan lalu lintas, perampokan, metamorfosis mistis, dan kisah cinta.

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Vu Minh Nghia

Vũ Minh Nghĩa (30/03/1984, Vietnam) Vu Minh Nghia is the valedictorian graduated from the University of Theater and Cinema in Vietnam. He has a Master’s degree in Film Criticism. He received a full scholarship funded by the state to study in VGIK – The Russian State University of Cinematography in Moskva, Russia. Nghia’s former short film named “Hey U” was selected under the Asian Vision Short Film in Singapore International Film Festival 2019. He is developing his first feature film named “Bubble Era.”

(Vũ Minh Nghĩa, born in Vietnam in 1984, has a Master’s degree in Theory, History, and Criticism of Film . “Live In Cloud-Cuckoo Land”, his latest short he co-directed with Minh Thy, was selected for the 2020 Venice Film Festival. He is currently developing his first feature film, “Bubble Era”.
Nghia’s short films have a direct look and satirical tone in modern society, especially artists and intellectuals. In “Bubble Era” – his first feature film will express his wild, free-spirited youth and nostalgia for Vietnamese cinema as well as the difficult journey to make films here nowadays.)

Vũ Minh Nghĩa (30/03/1984, Vietnam) Vu Minh Nghia adalah pembaca pidato perpisahan lulusan Universitas Teater dan Sinema di Vietnam. Dia memiliki gelar Master jurusan Kritik Film. Ia menerima beasiswa penuh dari negara untuk belajar di VGIK – Universitas Sinematografi Negeri Rusia di Moskow, Rusia. Karya film pendek Nghia dulu yang berjudul “Hey U” terpilih untuk program Asian Vision Short Film di Singapore International Film Festival 2019. Dia sedang mengembangkan proyek film panjang pertamanya yang akan berjudul “Bubble Era.” (Vũ Minh Nghĩa, lahir di Vietnam pada tahun 1984 dan memiliki gelar Master jurusan Teori, Sejarah, dan Kritik Film . “Live In Cloud-Cuckoo Land”, film pendek terbarunya yang ia sutradarai bersama dengan Minh Thy, terpilih untuk Venice Film Festival 2020. Saat ini, ia sedang mengembangkan film panjang pertamanya, “Bubble Era”. Film pendek Nghia memiliki pendekatan visual yang lugas dan nada satir masyarakat modern, terutama kaum seniman dan intelektual. Dalam “Bubble Era” – proyek film panjang pertamanya, ia akan mengekspresikan masa mudanya yang liar dan berjiwa bebas serta sebuah nostalgia untuk sinema Vietnam serta perjalanan untuk membuat film yang sulit di negara tersebut akhir-akhir ini.)

Pham Hoang Minh Thy

Phạm Hoàng Minh Thy (15/03/1996, Vietnam)
Pham Hoàng Minh Thy had her debut short film “The graduation of Edison” selected in the 2019 Singapore International Film Festival. “Live In Cloud-Cuckoo Land” – her latest short co-directed with Vu Minh Nghia was selected for the 2020 Venice Film Festival. She is currently developing her first feature film, “Daughter of the Mountain God”.

(THY is interested in the myth. Throughout short films, her mystical reality gets along with the nature of the country she lives in. “Daughter of the Mountain God; (development stage) is her first feature film expressing her thoughts toward violence between human and nature, between human and itself.)

Phạm Hoàng Minh Thy (15/03/1996, Vietnam) Debut penyutradaraan Pham Hoàng Minh Thy yang berjudul “The graduation of Edison” terpilih di Singapore International Film Festival 2019. “Live In Cloud-Cuckoo Land” – film pendek terbarunya yang disutradarai bersama Vu Minh Nghia terpilih di Venice Film Festival 2020. Dia saat ini, ia sedang mengembangkan proyek film panjang pertamanya, “Daughter of the Mountain God”. (THY tertarik dengan mitos. Sepanjang film pendeknya ini, realitas mistik menyatu dengan alam di negara tempat ia tinggal. “Daughter of the Mountain God”; (dalam pengembangan) adalah proyek film panjang pertamanya yang mengungkapkan pemikirannya terhadap kekerasan antara manusia dan alam serta antara manusia dan dirinya sendiri.

Comrades Policeman

Indonesian Premiere
Risk Pictures
Kazakhstan
12 minutes
2020
Fiction
Director Assel Aushakimova
Writer: Assel Aushakimova
Producer: Assel Aushakimova, Zhanna Utarbayeva
Cast: Dinara Alieva, Daniyar Beisov, Askhat Turebayev, Duisenbek Atantayuli

The journalist of the Kazakhstan state television channel has to make a news report about the image campaign of the police.

Wartawan saluran televisi negara Kazakhstan harus membuat laporan berita tentang kampanye pencitraan kepolisian.

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Director’s Profile

Assel Aushakimova

Assel is a Kazakh director, screenwriter and producer. Assel graduated from the International Film Business Academy of the Busan Asian Film School in 2021. COMRADE POLICEMAN is her third short film. Her first feature film WELCOME TO THE USA had its world premiere at AFI Fest 2019 (New Auteurs). This is the first Kazakh feature film with the protagonist from the LGBTQ community. It was awarded Grand Jury Prize as Best International Narrative Feature of NewFest New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival 2020. She is currently working on her second feature film project that has been selected for the Biennale College Cinema 2020 of Venice IFF.

Assel adalah sutradara, penulis skenario, dan produser berkebangsaan Kazakhstan. Ia lulus dari International Film Business Academy dari Busan Asian Film School pada tahun 2021. “Comrade Policeman” adalah film pendek ketiganya. Film panjang pertamanya “Welcome to The USA” diputar perdana di AFI Fest 2019 (New Auteurs). Ini adalah film panjang dari Kazakhstan pertama yang menampilkan tokoh protagonis dari komunitas LGBTQ. Film tersebut dianugerahi Grand Jury Prize sebagai Best International Narrative Feature dari NewFest New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival 2020. Dia saat ini sedang mengerjakan proyek film panjang keduanya yang telah dipilih untuk Biennale College Cinema 2020 di Venice IFF.

Hilum

Indonesian Premiere
Risk Pictures
Philippines
27 minutes
2020
Fiction
Director: Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan
Writer: Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan
Producer: Hannah Schierbeek
Cast: Audrey Alquiroz, Marijoy Cacho, Bruce Venida

Set in a rural coastal village in the Philippines, Mona trains under her mother to start work as a professional mourner-for-hire. After a botched performance, Mona retreats from her mother’s fury, and seeks out a shaman to cure her inability to cry.

Di sebuah desa pesisir di pedesaan di Filipina, Mona berlatih di bawah bimbingan ibunya sebelum mulai bekerja sebagai pengiring jenazah profesional. Setelah sebuah penampilan yang gagal, Mona lari dari kemarahan ibunya, dan mencari seorang dukun untuk menyembuhkan ketidakmampuannya untuk menangis.

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Director’s Profile

Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan

Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan is a writer/director born and raised in Quezon City, Philippines. A descendent of the Ifugao tribe in the northern mountains of the Philippines, Eblahan’s films explore the effects of history on present day with their focus on human relations confronted by the cosmic unknowns of nature and spirituality. In 2019, Eblahan attended the 55th Chicago International Film Festival for his short film, Umbilical Cord to Heaven, winning CineYouth’s Best Experimental Film. In 2021, Eblahan’s Hilum had its World premiere at the 43rd Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival at Clermont-Ferrand, France where it won the International Student Jury Prize as well as a special mention from the International Jury. Eblahan is currently based both in La Trinidad and Chicago.

Don Josephus Raphael Eblahan adalah seorang penulis/sutradara yang lahir dan dibesarkan di Quezon City, Filipina. Sebagai keturunan suku Ifugao dari pegunungan utara Filipina, film-film Eblahan mengeksplorasi dampak sejarah pada masa kini dengan fokus pada relasi manusia yang dihadapkan pada ketidaktahuan kosmik alam dan spiritualitas. Pada tahun 2019, Eblahan menghadiri the 55th Chicago International Film Festival untuk film pendeknya, Umbilical Cord to Heaven, yang memenangkan CineYouth’s Best Experimental Film. Pada tahun 2021, Karya Eblahan yang berjudul Hilum diputar secara perdana di the 43rd Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival di Clermont-Ferrand, Prancis di mana ia memenangkan penghargaan International Student Jury Prize serta Special Mention dari Juri Internasional. Eblahan saat ini menetap di La Trinidad dan Chicago.

Laut Memanggilku

Indonesian Premiere
Tanakhir Films
Indonesia
17 minutes
2021
Fiction
Director: Tumpal Tampubolon
Writer: Nara Nugroho, Tumpal Tampubolon
Producer: Mandy Marahimin
Cast: Muhammad Umar, Dikky Takiyudin

Sura lives alone in the fishing village, waiting for his father who may not return home. One day he finds a broken sex doll, and asks Argo to help him fix it. He finds a companion and a surrogate parent in the doll. But this companionship is threatened by Argo, who wants to take it away from Sura. When Argo manages to take the doll from Sura by force, Sura is forced to do the unthinkable.

Sura tinggal sendirian di desa nelayan, menunggu ayahnya yang mungkin tidak akan pulang. Suatu hari dia menemukan boneka yang rusak, dan meminta Argo untuk membantunya memperbaikinya. Dia menemukan pendamping dan orang tua pengganti di boneka itu. Namun persahabatan ini terancam oleh Argo yang ingin merebutnya dari Sura. Ketika Argo berhasil mengambil boneka itu dari Sura dengan paksa, Sura terpaksa melakukan hal yang tidak terpikirkan.

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Director’s Profile

Tumpal Tampubolon

Tumpal Tampubolon is a cinephile-turned-filmmaker, based in Jakarta, Indonesia. In 2005, his first film, The Last Believer, won Jakarta International Film Festival (JiFFest) Script Development Competition for Best Short Fiction. He is one of the nine directors that participated in Belkibolang omnibus film. Belkibolang was screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, and Udine Far East Film Festival.

Tumpal has also been selected into Asian Young Filmmakers Forum, Talent Campus, and Asian Film Academy in Busan.

In 2021, his latest short film, The Sea Calls for Me, won Best Short Film (Sonje Award) from Busan International Film Festival.

Tumpal Tampubolon adalah seorang pembuat film yang berbasis di Jakarta, Indonesia. Pada tahun 2005, film pertamanya, The Last Believer, memenangkan Kompetisi Pengembangan Naskah Festival Film Internasional Jakarta (JiFFest) untuk Fiksi Pendek Terbaik. Ia merupakan salah satu dari sembilan sutradara yang berpartisipasi dalam film omnibus Belkibolang. Belkibolang diputar di Internasional Film Festival Rotterdam, Hong Kong International Film Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, dan Udine Far East Film Festival.

Tumpal juga pernah terpilih menjadi peserta Asian Young Filmmakers Forum, Berlinale Talent Campus, dan Asian Film Academy di Busan.

Pada tahun 2021, film pendek terbarunya, The Sea Calls for Me, memenangkan Film Pendek Terbaik (Sonje Award) dari Busan International Film Festival.