Nyai

Garin Nugroho/90 minutes/2016/Indonesia/Fiction

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DEC 2017 | 00.00 |  EMPIRE XXI

Synopsis

A story told in 90 minutes realtime. Set in Indonesia’s Dutch colonial era, in 1927, a young and beautiful woman lives with her sick and aged Dutch husband. This woman loses her own name and is called Nyai, which means a foreigner’s concubine, and realizes that she is living in a kind of prison, while she deals with loads of visitors to her residence during the birthday of her sick husband. Nyai’s life cycle while nurturing her husband becomes a drama of solitude about her position in life, all aspects of which have been forcefully taken away from her.

 

Sebuah kisah yang diceritakan selama 90 menit. Berlatar masa penjajahan Belanda, tahun 1927, seorang perempuan cantik hidup persama suami Belandanya yang sudah tua dan sakit-sakitan. Perempuan ini kehilangan namanya, dan dipanggil Nyai, yang berarti wanita simpanan. Ia  mulai menyadari bahwa ia seolah hidup dalam penjara, sementara dia harus menghadapi banyaknya orang yang mengunjungi rumahnya ketika suaminya yang sakit berulang tahun. Kehidupan Nyai saat mengurus suaminya menjadi sebuah drama kesendirian tentang keberadannya di dunia, dengan hidup yang telah direbut paksa darinya.

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Director

Garin Nugroho

Garin Nugroho

Director

Garin Nugroho was born in Yogyakarta, on 6 June 1961 and completed his studies in 1985 at the film academy in Jakarta. Nugroho’s debut film Cinta dalam Sepotong Roti (Love in a Slice of Bread, 1991) garnered six Citra Award nominations (Best Director, Best Movie, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Artistic Scenes, and Best Cinematography) at the 1991 Indonesian Film Festival. Nugroho was selected as the Best Young Director at the Asia Pacific International Film Festival in Seoul the following year. Surat untuk Bidadari (Letter to an Angel, 1994) won Best Film at the Taormina Film Festival and the Tokyo International Film Festival, while Nugroho himself received Best Director at the Pyongyang International Film Festival and the Young Filmmakers Jury Award at the Berlin Film Festival. His film Daun di Atas Bantal (Leaf on a Pillow, 1998) won the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival in 1998. In 2005, Nugroho decided to make a film about Javanese culture. He was later commissioned by the government of Austria to make a film for the 250th Anniversary of Mozart’s birth. The result, Opera Jawa, was based on Ramayana and produced by Simon Fields.

 

Garin Nugroho lahir di Yogyakarta, Indonesia, tanggal 6 Juni 1961. Ia menyelesaikan studinya di akademi film di Jakarta tahun 1985. Debut filmnya Cinta dalam Sepotong Roti (Love in a Slice of Bread, 1991) masuk dalam enam nominasi Piala Citra (Sutradara Terbaik, Film Terbaik, Penyunting Gambar Terbaik, Penata Musik Terbaik, Pengarah Artistik Terbaik, dan Pengarah Sinematografi Terbaik) pada Festival Film Indonesia 1991. Garin terpilih sebagai Best Young Director (Sutradara Muda Terbaik) pada Asia Pacific International Film Festival di Seoul tahun 1992. Surat untuk Bidadari (Letter to an Angel, 1994) meraih penghargaan Best Film pada Taormina Film Fetival dan Tokyo International Film Festival, sementara Garin sendiri memenangkan penghargaan Best Director pada Pyongyang International Film Festival dan Young Filmmakers Jury Award pada Berlin Film Festival. Daun di Atas Bantal (Leaf on a Pillow, 1998) menyabet Special Jury Prize di Tokyo International Film Festival 1998. Tahun 2005, Garin memutuskan untuk membuat film tentang budaya Jawa. Ia kemudian ditunjuk oleh pemerintah Austria untuk menggarap film peringatan hari lahir Mozart yang ke-250. Lahirlah Opera Jawa, film berdasarkan kisah Ramayana dan diproduksi oleh Simon Fields.