In the heart of the remote hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina, a young widow, lives alone. One day, a gang comes to attack, rape her and strip her of her cattle. To defend herself, she kills several of these men, including the leader. Determined to achieve justice, she embarks on a journey towards her own emancipation. But the path is long, especially when a headless ghost pursues you.
- Best Film, Best Actress - TEMPO Indonesia
- FIPRESCI Prize - Flying Broom Women’s FF
- Best Actress (Marsha Timothy) - Indonesian Movie Actors Award
- Best Cinematography, Special Award - Asia Pacific FF
- Indonesian Submission for the 91st Academy Awards
- Best Actress, Focus Àsia Special mention - Sitges FF
- Grand Prize - FILMeX
- Marshal Timothy - Best Actor Bandung FF
- Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2017
- Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montréal 2017
- Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2017
- Busan International Film Festival 2017
- AFI FEST 2017
- TOKYO FILMeX 2017
- International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018
- Göteborg Film Festival 2018
- Luxembourg City Film Festival 2018
- Istanbul Film Festival 2018
- Open Doors - Locarno Film Festival 2020
- Marsha Timothy
- Yoga Pratama
- Mouly Surya
- ASIAN SHADOWS
- CINESURYA PICTURES
- KANINGA PICTURES
- SHASHA & CO PRODUCTION
- ASTRO SHAW
- PURIN PICTURES
At once tightly controlled and simmering with righteous fury, it's gorgeously lensed, atmospherically scored and moves inexorably toward a gratifying payoff.
A visually ravishing feminist Western.
Infused with a winning strain of deadpan humor that's not too far removed from Jim Jarmusch.
At once an enjoyable genre ride and a feminist art house story.
I always try to place my camera in a place where, as an audience, you can observe it and you can actually become someone who is rather objective about what is happening.
Mouly Surya (b. 1980, Indonesia) was born in Jakarta, where she currently lives. She is considered one of the most promising female filmmakers in Indonesia. After earning her BA in Media and Literature from Swinburne University, Melbourne, Surya obtained an MA in Film and Television from Bond University, Queensland. Besides making films, she teaches a directing class in Jakarta. Her debut film, FICTION, won numerous awards including Best Director at JIFFEST 2008. It premiered internationally at the 13th Busan International Film Festival. WHAT THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT LOVE is her second feature. Her film MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS (2017) was selected for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs.