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Autobiography

Orizzonti

Director:
Makbul Mubarak
Production:
KawanKawan Media (Yulia Evina Bhara), In Vivo Films, Potocol, Staron Film, Cinematografica Philippines, NiKo Film, FOCUSED equipment, Partisipasi Indonesia
Running Time:
115’
Language:
Indonesian
Country:
Indonesia, France, Germany, Poland, Singapore, Philippines, Qatar
Main Cast:
Kevin Ardilova, Arswendy Bening Swara, Haru Sandra, Rukman Rosadi
Screenplay:
Makbul Mubarak
Cinematographer:
Wojciech Staroń
Editor:
Carlo Francisco Manatad
Production Designer:
Sigit D. Pratama
Music:
Bani Haykal
Sound:
L.H. Aim Adinegara, Waldir Xavier, Rémi Crouzet, Jean-Guy Veran, Hadrianus Eko

Synopsis

With his father in prison and his brother abroad for work, young Rakib works as the lone housekeeper in an empty mansion belonging to Purna, a retired general whose family Rakib’s clan have served for centuries in a rural Indonesian town. After Purna returns home to start his mayoral election campaign, Rakib bonds with the older man, who becomes a close mentor and father figure, and finds his calling as Purna’s assistant in work and life. When Purna’s election poster is found vandalised one day, Rakib doesn’t hesitate to track down the culprit, kicking off an escalating chain of violence...

Director’s Statement

Throughout three decades of Indonesia’s military dictatorship from the mid-Sixties
to the late-Nineties, my father worked as a civil servant under the regime. I grew up discerning his loyalty to the state as something that seemed inherent to my family’s life. I learnt, by observing him, that loyalty is what makes a person honorable: a principle that I considered to be very true and, at that point in time, satisfyingly rewarding. However, as I grew up, a question began to haunt me: is loyalty still honorable if and when it is pledged to something monstrous? If we annul our loyalty to them, would this be considered a betrayal? Or a fight for justice? And therefore, would this make us a good or a bad person? Autobiography is an emotional inquiry into my adolescence, my country, and to the values that I was raised with—which are still being taught everywhere even to this day, twenty-four years after the collapse of the dictatorship. In a society with such a repressed history, what does it take to be able to call oneself ‘a good person’?

Production/Distribution

PRODUCTION: Yulia Evina Bhara – KawanKawan Media
Jl. Tebet Timur Dalam VII No. 15
12820 – Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia
Tel. +62 81282275648
official@kawankawan.media
http://www.kawankawan.media

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: In Vivo Films (France), Potocol (Singapore), Staron Film (Poland), Cinematografica (The Philipine), NiKo Film (Germany), FOCUSED equipment (Indonesia), Partisipasi Indonesia (Indonesia)

WORLD SALES: Virginie Devesa – Alpha Violet
47 Avenue de la République
75011 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 147973984
info@alphaviolet.com
http://www.alphaviolet.com/

PRESS OFFICE: Jon Rushton
United Kingdom
Tel. +44 7969837242
jon@jonrushton.com


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