Mahakarya Pertama

“Big directors start small. Marking twenty years since reformasi, step back in time to see the small beginnings of Indonesia's now big directors.”

Our programmer Thomas Barker has curated a short film programme showcasing the early works of Indonesia directors such as Hanny Saptura, Rizal Mantovani, Jay Subiakto, Harry Suharyadi, Ravi Bharwani, and many others.

HAPPY ENDING

 Harry Suharyadi | Indonesia | 1996 | 11 mins  Happy Ending had Harry Suharyadi question the effects of media (comics, movies, and performance) on two young boys. Happy Ending was screened at international short film festivals in Toronto, Singapore and won an award at the 1st Busan International Film Festival in 1996.

Harry Suharyadi | Indonesia | 1996 | 11 mins

Happy Ending had Harry Suharyadi question the effects of media (comics, movies, and performance) on two young boys. Happy Ending was screened at international short film festivals in Toronto, Singapore and won an award at the 1st Busan International Film Festival in 1996.

TWO NOTES | DUA NADA

 Ravi Bharwani | Indonesia | 1990 | 12 mins  A middle-aged man and a youth play on the cello together.  

Ravi Bharwani | Indonesia | 1990 | 12 mins

A middle-aged man and a youth play on the cello together.
 

MASK OF A LOVED ONE | TOPENG KEKASIH

 Hanung Bramantyo | Indonesia | 2001 | 20 mins  Topeng Kekasih (Mask of a Loved One) continues the themes in the now lost Tlutur (Broken Glass) where a small family of performers in Jogjakarta are struggling to keep a family secret that induces trauma for many generations.  

Hanung Bramantyo | Indonesia | 2001 | 20 mins

Topeng Kekasih (Mask of a Loved One) continues the themes in the now lost Tlutur (Broken Glass) where a small family of performers in Jogjakarta are struggling to keep a family secret that induces trauma for many generations.
 

OLD MAN | LELAKI TUA

 Hanny Saptura | Indonesia | 1991 | 12 mins  Lelaki Tua (Old Man) is Hanny Saputra’s profile of the Indonesian writer and academic, HB Jassin. A towering figure of modern literature who has been active from the 1950s to 1990s, HB Jassin was at times controversial and contrarian, earning the moniker "The Pope of Indonesian Literature" for his role as the gatekeeper of Indonesian literature.

Hanny Saptura | Indonesia | 1991 | 12 mins

Lelaki Tua (Old Man) is Hanny Saputra’s profile of the Indonesian writer and academic, HB Jassin. A towering figure of modern literature who has been active from the 1950s to 1990s, HB Jassin was at times controversial and contrarian, earning the moniker "The Pope of Indonesian Literature" for his role as the gatekeeper of Indonesian literature.

THE LITTLE GAYO SINGER

 Nan Triveni Achnas | Indonesia | 1995 | 24 mins  As a major performer in the traditional form of sung poetry, Kabri rehearses with his father's team in preparation for a marathon singing competition. The Little Gayo Singer is an aesthetically shot portrait of an extraordinary ten-year-old Indonesian boy, who together with glimpses of his life as an ordinary village child, is portrayed with moving images of intense concentration and presence.

Nan Triveni Achnas | Indonesia | 1995 | 24 mins

As a major performer in the traditional form of sung poetry, Kabri rehearses with his father's team in preparation for a marathon singing competition. The Little Gayo Singer is an aesthetically shot portrait of an extraordinary ten-year-old Indonesian boy, who together with glimpses of his life as an ordinary village child, is portrayed with moving images of intense concentration and presence.

SONATA KAMPUNG BATA

 Riri Riza | Indonesia | 1991 | 14 mins  Riri Riza’s short film, taken during his film school days, depicts a boy's desire to ride on a merry-go-round.

Riri Riza | Indonesia | 1991 | 14 mins

Riri Riza’s short film, taken during his film school days, depicts a boy's desire to ride on a merry-go-round.