Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

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    Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts

    Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak

    Directed by

    Indonesia, France


    90 min

    • Indonesian

    Drama, Thriller

    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.


    • Indonesian Submission for the 91st Academy Awards
    • Best Actress, Focus Àsia Special mention - Sitges FF
    • Grand Prize - FILMeX
    • Marshal Timothy - Best Actor Bandung FF



    Marsha Timothy
    Yoga Pratama
    Mouly Surya


    At once tightly controlled and simmering with righteous fury, it's gorgeously lensed, atmospherically scored and moves inexorably toward a gratifying payoff.

    Maggie Lee, Variety

    A visually ravishing feminist Western.

    Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily

    Infused with a winning strain of deadpan humor that's not too far removed from Jim Jarmusch.

    A.A. Dowd, AV Club

    At once an enjoyable genre ride and a feminist art house story.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Mouly  Surya

    Mouly Surya


    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.

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