Solo, Solitude

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    Solo, Solitude

    Istirahatlah kata-kata

    Directed by

    Indonesia

    2016

    97 min

    • Indonesian

    Drama

    The Suharto regime has been holding power in Indonesia for over 30 years, shutting down democracy time and time again. Highly critical of the regime and unafraid to speak his mind, Wiji Thukul is a poet whose words are often yelled proudly by the crowd during political protests. When riots break out in Jakarta in 1996, he and a few other activists are accused to be responsible. Forced to flee, Wiji escapes to Pontianak in Borneo where he hides for eight months, sometimes living with complete strangers. There, he has to change his identity several times, but continues to write poetry and short stories under a pen name. In the meantime, in Solo, central Java, his wife, Sipon, lives with their two children under constant surveillance. In May 1998, Wiji Thukul is declared missing, a month before Suharto is deposed by his own people.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Maryanto Gunawan
    Anita Marissa
    Manalu Eduward
    Subono Melanie
    Yunan Davi
    Screenplay
    Anggi Noen
    Cinematography
    Prihantoro Filemon Bayu
    Editing
    Pulung Andhy
    Music
    Ariendra Yennu
    Production
    LIMAENAM FILMS
    Production
    PARTISIPASI INDONESIA
    Production
    MUARA FOUNDATION
    Production
    KAWANKAWAN FILMS
    Sales
    ASIAN SHADOWS

    Press

    A lyrical evocation of life in internal exile under dictatorship.

    Mark Peranson, FF Locarno

    Yosep Anggi Noen

    Yosep Anggi Noen

    Indonesia

    Born in Indonesia in 1983, Yosep Anggi Noen studied Politics and Communication at Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta. He received a fellowship from the Asian Film Academy (AFA) at the 2007 Busan IFF, and trained at the 2013 Berlin IFF Talents Campus. He directed many short films including IT’S NOT RAINING OUTSIDE (2009), selected at the IFF Rotterdam, and WINDLESS RHAPSODY (2010) which was part of the documentary WORKING GIRLS. His first feature film PECULIAR VACATION AND OTHER ILLNESSES (2012), competed at the FF Locarno, and received Special Mention for the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the 2012 Vancouver IFF. Anggi has received both the National Award for Best New Director and the award for Best Independent Film from the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. His short film A LADY CADDY WHO NEVER SAW A HOLE IN ONE (2013), won the Sonje Award for Best Short Film at the 2013 Busan IFF, and Grand Prix at the 2014 Short Shorts FF & Asia. SOLO, SOLITUDE (2016), was selected to premiere at FF Locarno (Filmmakers of the Present). His latest film THE SCIENCE OF FICTIONS (2019) was selected in the Concorso internazionale section of the festival.

    Selected Filmography