Kineforum, the Jakarta Arts Council-owned cinema dedicated to non-mainstream films, is showcasing the works of Liew Seng Tat in the final installment of its Sinema Tetangga series.
Screening Flower in the Pocket and Lelaki Harapan Dunia over the final weekend of November, the program hopes to expose fans of alternative cinema in Indonesia to the “hilarious, ridiculous, nonsensical but extremely touching” works of the Malaysian director.
This month, Sinema Tetangga first saw films from cities nearby Jakarta such as Medan, Purbalingga, Surabaya, Semarang, Denpasar and Yogyakarta. It then progressed into screening the debut full-length feature from Australian filmmaker Platon Theodoris, premiering Alvin’s Harmonious World of Opposites in the country.
The Sinema Tetangga program was created to give domestic cinemagoers a sense of filmmaking in nearby cities and countries in order to investigate the similarities and differences between each region, on top of exploring perspectives adapted by filmmakers from these locations.
Kineforum was established by the Jakarta Arts Council as a place for appreciation and discussion of non-mainstream films. The first non-commercial cinema in the country, Kineforum offers viewers a wide selection from Indonesian classics to world cinema.
Since 2006, it has seen a visitor count of up to 500 for selected screenings, and up to 5,000 during festivals.
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