The First Indonesian Movie to Compete in Sundance Film Festival 2013

The first Indonesian movie that will be talked about in Sundance Film Festival will talk about love in a different light. Directed by a talented Indonesian, Mouly Surya, “What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love” will be the first Indonesian movie to compete in Sundance Film Festival, one of the most prestigious film festival in the world. Announced on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, the movie is one of the selections for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

The category is set up for remarkable foreign movies from all over the world besides the United States. “What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love” will compete with 11 other movies from Germany, South Korea, U.K., and Italy.

After the success of “The Raid: Redemption” earlier this year, Indonesia is trying to bring out more of its movie presence in the international world. In October, Riri Riza’s Atambua 39 Degrees Celsius was selected for Tokyo International Film Festival and just a few months before, another Indonesian movie titled Postcards from the Zoo, has been successfully entered Berlinale Film Festival as a Golden Bear nominee. Parts of the Heart by Paul Agusta and The Blindfold by Garin Nugroho got positive feedback from the audience of International Film Festival in Rotterdam. Teddy Soeriaatmadja’s Lovely Man scored an award in Hongkong International Film Festival, while Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses made it into Locarno Film Festival. An old movie restoration, After the Curfew, premiered at 2012 Cannes Film Festival as part of the World Classic Cinema.

In 2012 Sundance Film Festival, fifty thousand movie buffs from all over the world came to what considered one of the largest independent film festivals in the United States. This year, 12,146 movies entered the selection and only 113 made it into the festival. “It is an honor to be able to represent Indonesia in a world class festival. This is a dream come true for me,” said Mouly Surya, who finished her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Australia.

The movie itself presents a complex story about love between two disabled characters: Fitri, a visually impaired girl, and Edo with his speech impairment. If only Fitri could see and Edo could talk, they would have been in love with each other since the beginning. Meanwhile, Fitri’s schoolmate, Diana, is suffering from severe myopia. Anything outside 0.8-inch boundaries is a non-existent for her. What Diana long for is to encounter her very first period, something simple that takes forever for her to experience. When Diana bumps into Andhika, a new student enrolled in the same school, her life starts to change.

“The idea of this movie came up to mind when I saw my visually impaired relative who was busy updating his Facebook status through his phone,” explained Mouly who enjoyed a convenient working environment with her soul mate, Rama Adhi as the director and producer of the same movie.

“What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love” is produced by Cinesurya Pictures and Amalina Pictures. It has been supported by some international organizations, such as Goteborg International Film Festival Fund from Sweden, Asian Project Market from Korea, and Hubert Bals Fund from The Netherlands.

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