Thursday, July 23, 2009

Indonesian Film Gets Top Honors at Korean Fest

An Indonesian movie has won the top prize at South Korea’s Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.

Joko Anwar’s “Pintu Terlarang” (“The Forbidden Door”) claimed the Best of Puchon prize. The film tells the story of a successful sculptor who stumbles upon a horrifying case of child abuse.

Indonesia’s Shareefa Daanish won the Best Actress award for her role in the film “Macabre.”

The festival focuses on the thriller, mystery, fantasy and horror genres. This year it screened 202 feature-length, short, live-action and animation films from 41 countries.

Organizers praised the local movie scene on the festival’s website,

“Indonesian movies are the hot potato of the recent film industry,” they wrote. “Young directors who boldly demonstrate their potential without a fear of trying new experiments give unprecedented energy to the Indonesian movies, thereby receiving attention from the world movie industry.”

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