Intimate Yet Epic Trailer For Indonesia's SANG PENARI (THE DANCER)

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Intimate Yet Epic Trailer For Indonesia's SANG PENARI (THE DANCER)
Remember the name of Ifa Isfansyah, I believe you'll be hearing it again in the future. The thirty two year old Indonesian director has been active in the short film world - directing five shorts since 2002 - but he is making his second step into the world of features with the upcoming Sang Penari (The Dancer) and it would appear that the time spent making shorts has taught him well.

Sang Penari is a love story that takes place in a poor Javanese village, Dukuh Paruk, in the mid 1960s. RASUS, a young military officer, is looking for the love of his life, SRINTIL. They are separated by the darkest period in Indonesian history.

Srintil and Rasus have loved each other their whole life. But Srintil's gift is driving them apart, when the village elders see her magical dance as a sign of the indang, a spirit that can befall only a real ronggeng. And they believe that a dancer bestowed with the indang will lead them to order and prosperity. A belief strongly embraced by Srintil, but abhorred by Rasus, because this means Srintil will never only be his. Robbed of his love, he leaves the village in desperation to become a soldier.

As the country sinks into political turmoil, Rasus has to choose between his loyalty to his country and his love for Srintil. Their love is tested as they find themselves on opposite sides of history.
The trailer for Sang Penari showcases not only impressive production values but also an uncommon ability to blend the intimate with the epic, to position a manageable story against a totally believable large scale backdrop. Not speaking the language obviously places me at a disadvantage when looking at a character drama but everything in this trailer says quality. Take a look below.

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James MarshOctober 12, 2011 10:19 PM

Damn that looks great.

BastianOctober 13, 2011 6:03 AM

Hi !

Ifa Isfansyah is certainly one of the most talented "youngsters" in actual Indonesia. His shorts are great (especially on "Belkibolang") and he already did a feature for kids (and adults) "Garuda di Dadaku" I enjoyed very much.

For all French-speaking / reading people out there, I just updated my profile on French Asian movies website with over 200 (mainly) horror Indonesian movies, including almost all movies released since 1997 and a bunch of older ones:§ion=&lettre=&genre=5&critere=&debut=&type=1&crit=1

Next update will be all of Barry Prima's movies during next weeks and about 200 "silat movie reviews" made during all times over there. Not all good, but always good for a surprise and I'm really confident about Indonesia's upcoming new generation of directors.

adhiparOctober 16, 2011 1:14 AM

It's based on a trilogy novel by Ahmad Tohari. The books are great!
I watched Garuda di Dadaku and despite some flaws in the story, still an enjoyable film.

I hope it can be at least as good as the trilogy since a comparison is unavoidable.

LintangOctober 18, 2011 4:20 AM

Wow, never thought they would make another movie based on "Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk" trilogy. The first book is a master piece and one of my most favorite literary books ever. I read those three books in 1990s when I was in college. In 1980s, they made a film based on the book, stars young Ray Sahetapy as Rasus (the drug kingpin Tama in "The Raid") and Enny Beatrice as Srintil. I have never watched the movie though and I'm afraid I would not like it as Enny Beatrice has reputation as soft porn actress. But I like the two leads in "Sang Penari". I hope this one is better than the old version.