The Venice Film Festival announced its selection today and making the Orizzonti (Horizons) section was Indonesia’s Joko Anwar, the sole Southeast Asian entrant with his latest, A Copy of My Mind.
The film, which stars Chicco Jerikho and Tara Basro, is deemed as Joko’s first attempt at a drama film. As reported in Indonesian media, A Copy of My Mind was shot over the course of eight days so that “nothing is set” during filming. This was done in order to bring out the “real” side of the location and the people involved in the film, according to the director himself.
A Copy of My Mind is part of a trilogy based on the city of Jakarta — the two other films in the set are tentatively titled A Copy of My Heart and A Copy of My Soul. The script of the film received an award at the Asian Project Market back in 2014, thus securing a USD$10,000 grant from Korea’s CJ Entertainment for its production and development.
The Orizzonti section of the festival is “an international competition dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema”.
This year’s Venice Film Festival line-up has been reported as a star-studded collection laden with exclusive world premieres. As mentioned by The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, this year’s selection “includes much-buzzed about American films, a slew of Italian talent and various voices from world cinema”.