JIFFest-ing

I just got back from Kineforum @ Taman Ismail Marzuki for 10th Annual Jakarta International Film Festival (Jiffest). They screened “A View From The SEA” section there, a section for Southeast Asian movies.

I already missed two Jiffest year due to my study in Bandung which made me couldn’t get back to Jakarta just for the festival. But this year, they held the festival on the holiday (It’s Eid-ul Adha break!). Yeay! So, I decided to attend this year’s festival which (unfortunately) only runs for 5 days.

The movie that I just saw is “Punggok Rindukan Bulan (This Longing)”. It’s Malaysian movie directed by Azharr Rudin.

A film about a boy, barely in secondary school, Sidi and his father Adman, who both unknowingly cope with the sudden absence of a key female figure in their life. In probably separate story, a boyish young woman returns to photograph the backdrop of her past. Set in the border town of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The literal meaning of the title is a Malay saying like “the owl misses the moon” a reflection of unrequited (and unconsummated) longing.” (Taken from Jiffest website).

It’s a “tough” movie. Need some times to get the whole point because it has two unparallel plot. IMO, it’s a bit draggy and so slooowww. But overall, it’s quite a nice movie. Nice cameraworks, great actors. Oh, thing that I don’t like from this movie is the sound! They don’t use any scoring or music illustration. But instead, they recorded on-the-set sound which made the movie so quiet but noisy.

The one that surprised me is Sharifah Amani, my favorite Malay actress, took part in this movie. She played character Riza, the girl on the second part of the movie. She acted well, just like in her other works; Sepet, Gubra, etc.

At the end of the screening, the commitee gave us a surprise, another surprise for me. Azharr Rudin, the director, came to the studio and we had some Q&A sessions. He explained that this movie is a mood-piece. So, the inexistence of scoring or music is made to built the “gloomy” mood of missing someone we love the most. Yes, refer to the title, people; “Punggok Rindukan Bulan (This Longing)”. Actually the Q&A session turned into a “critics time”, there was a woman that looked unsatisfied with the movie. She “slapped” Azharr by saying “I’ve waited for 2 hours to see nothing!”. Ouch. But I think that’s the point of film festival, we can share our thoughts of the movie directly to the director/producer so they get feedback from the audiences.

Actually, there’s another movie that I looked forward to watch; Thailand’s “A Moment In June”. But I couldn’t made it because the screening was on Saturday night when I was still on the way to Jakarta. So sad.

I guess tommorow I’m going back to Kineforum to catch “Wonderful Town”. But, have to check on my schedule first; Eid-ul Adha family gath, deadline for assignments, going back to Bandung. Argh!

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