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Bumi Manusia Film Closes 13th Annual BALINALE

13th Annual Bali International Film Festival Draws Record Number of Film Industry Experts and Eager Audiences

The BALINALE – The Bali International Film Festival came to a successful close on September 29, 2019, with the screening of the critically-acclaimed “Bumi Manusia (This Earth of Mankind) directed by Indonesian director Hanung Bramantyo and based on the novel of Pramoedya Ananta Toer.

The director, together with lead actresses Sha Ine Febriyanti and Ayu Laksmi, attended the Bali screening and met with an enthusiastic audience comprise of film fans and international film industry members. As a special treat, the trio participated in a candid question and answer session sharing behind the scene stories from the film’s making.

BALINALE’s blue-ribbon panel of judges bestowed awards to the following films:

  • Best Feature Film: Saeng-II (Birthday) directed by Jong-Un Lee from the Republic of Korea. The film was produced by Lee Chang-dong who attended BALINALE in 2010 with his award-winning film Shi (Poetry).
  • Best Documentary: Bruce Lee and The Outlaw directed by Dutch director Joost Vandebrug.
  • Best Short Subject: The Wind Phone by US director Kristen Gerwick.
  • Gary L. Hayes Award for Best Emerging Indonesian Film Maker: Director Rama Bayi Aji for his film Sarvani Bhutani (All Living Beings).
  • Special mention was given by the jury to Indian director Rishi Chanda for his short film

The jury stated, “it was extraordinarily difficult for us to choose just one film in each category as the selection was a wonderful mix of styles and stories all with exceptional quality.”

“BALINALE has grown each year and this time we were pleased to include an outstanding selection of films from Indonesia,” said Bali Film Center director and BALINALE Founder Deborah Gabinetti. In all, 28 countries were represented over 93 films over the 5-days of the event with a record number attending each screening. Screenings included several international and Asian premieres. This year’s Festival also saw a formal relationship established with the Berlin Film Festival – Berlinale Spotlight: Generation which showcases short films.

The 13th BALINALE kicked off with the Asian Premiere of The King (2019) – a UK, Hungarian, and Australian co-production that came to Bali direct from its triumphal World Premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The King is a historical drama directed by David Michôd and co-written by Michôd and Joel Edgerton. The film stars Timothée Hal Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Sean Harris, Lily-Rose Depp, Robert Pattinson, and Ben Mendelsohn. Michôd previously attended BALINALE in 2010 with his internationally-acclaimed film Animal Kingdom.

2019 also featured the 3rd BALINALEX Industry Forum that included Hollywood and regional film executives, producers, and filmmakers. At the Forum policies, work ethic and funding opportunities were openly discussed with a constant eye for possibilities for future collaborations in film, television and other media platforms. BALINALEX’s reputation for encouraging an open and dynamic dialogue in the local film industry remains a major draw each year for established and aspiring filmmakers. BALINALEX speakers included directors and producers who came to Bali to share their films and expertise, including Richard Oh director of Perburuan; Ismail Basbeth director of Woo Woo, Portret Diri; Andreas Tika producer of Foxtrot Six; Cornelia Sunny producer of If This is My Story.

Also speaking at BALINALEX were Robin Gurney, former Senior VP – Original Programming for Showtime Networks Inc and Donna Smith, a long-standing Hollywood studio executive. Both speakers addressed Indonesia’s potential for international film projects.

A leading Indonesian economist, Rizal Ramli, spoke at BALINALEX on the many benefits filmmaking brings to the Country’s economy and how industry events, such a BALINALE bring positive attention to a destination.

Global Film Solutions (GFS) represented by Julian Grimmond told the BALINALEX: “It’s a sure bet. As the international film industry sees the great creative talent of Indonesia within ten years this nation’s film industry will take a leading position. We’re going to see multiple producers capitalize on Indonesian film projects.”

The annual Family Film Day held on the last day of the Festival presented family-oriented and youth-oriented films. Also forming a part of this year’s festival was an event called “Cinema Without Walls” showing films for young people and an acting seminar led by Rukman Rusadi.

BALINALE 2019 was supported by its official venue partner Cinemaxx Thetaers, GFS Indonesia, CNN Indonesia, Swiss-Belresort Watu Jimbar, Royal Tulip Springhill Resort Jimbaran and seaside venue Puri Bhagawan.

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