Well this is a pretty neat and interesting development, the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival's (PiFan) Network of Asian Fantastic Films (NAFF) has selected Indonesia as for its spotlight this year. Following Taiwan, China, Singapore and Japan, this is a major boon for Indonesian cinema and likely has something to do with the added exposure afforded by the phenomenal success of last year's The Raid
. NAFF seeks to promote genre film in Asian cinema and they selected the country based on their belief that it is "a rising Mecca of Asian genre films", hearty praise from the continent's biggest fantastic film festival. Here is a little more info on the 5 projects that have been chosen from NAFF's own press release:
Project Spotlight: Indonesia presents various film genres, from crime mystery to authentic horror. The selection conveys not only faithful genre convention, but also characteristic features based on solid Indonesian tradition. Lucky Kuswandi, the director of highly acclaimed film Madam X from PiFan 2011, is bringing his new project Curious Grandma :The Murder of Annet Van Houten. The selection also includes Blue Blood by Billy Christian of Hysteria-fame, a gothic, vampire tale of love and basing it on Indonesian history, and Beautiful Beast by Paul Agusta, inspired by a classic Indonesian horror film. Sidi Saleh, who is a renowned cinematographer of Edwin's Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly and Postcards From The Zoo, is bringing a psychological thriller Trauma, while Natta Nazyra Noer, the director of a documentary Working Girl, is bringing a hardcore slasher Homestay.
The event will be held from July 22-25 this year and I for one am very excited to check it out!
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