Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Indonesia, 2008 (104 min)
Indonesian with English subtitles
Director: Garin Nugroho
Screenplay: Aramantono, Garin Nugroho
Cast: Ikranagara, Ayu Laksmi, Nadia Saphira, Dwi Sasono, Marcella Zalianty, Aryani Kriegenburg Willems
Indonesian film auteur Garin Nugroho follows on up his international phenomenon OPERA JAWA with this three-part narrative about women undergoing life-changing experiences in Bali. The drama of the three women, a traveler (Marcella Zalianty) seeking spiritual answers about her relationship with her mother, a radio broadcaster (Ayu Laksmi) who faces a dilemma related to abortion, and an orphan (Nadia Saphira) who seeks guidance for her uncertain life are all connected to the theme of motherhood and the interaction of certain mystical elements of Balinese culture. The film features many leading Balinese artists, including 90-year-old Ni Ketut Cenik, 70-year-old Ni Ketut Arini, and dancers Ayu Bulantrisna Djelantik and I Ketut Rina. UNDER THE TREE has been screened at film fests in Toronto, Vancouver, London, and Tokyo. -Jakarta Post
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