Thursday, May 20, 2010

Indonesian Film Festival 2010 in Vancouver

In recent years, Vancouver has increasingly become an important centre of film industry. The growing interests in it give rise to various film festivals, including “Vancouver International Film Festival”. Several Indonesian films have been featured in Vancouver Film Festival for the last few years in where they received warm response from Vancouver film enthusiasts. This initiated Prodjektor Entertainment to organize the first ever Indonesian Film Festival in Vancouver, B.C.

With support of the Consulate General of the Republic Indonesia in Vancouver and as a part of explorASIAN, Prodjektor Entertainment proudly presents the Indonesian Film Festival (I.F.F.) 2010. The Festival itself will be held on 22-23 May 2010 at “Pacific Cinematheque” Theatre, 1131 Howe St, Vancouver BC. The festival will be screening three feature films and one independent film that will give you a glimpse of Indonesia; the history, the people, and of course, the scenery. Together, the four films that have been hand-selected reflect I.F.F. 2010 theme, “Inspirational Indonesia”.

Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops) is a film adaptation of Andrea Hirata’s novel with the same title. The Rainbow Troops is a story about the beauty of friendships and the struggles of marginalized Indonesians to achieve their dreams. The film captures the sensitivity and innocence of Indonesian working-class youth and their determination to access education in order to have better future. The film was shot in Belitung Island, (Bangka-Belitung Province), Sumatra, one of Indonesia’s most breath-taking landscapes.

The Rainbow Troops has been screened at numerous film festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America. It won SIGNIS Award in 33rd Hong Kong International Film Festival (May 2009) and 3rd Audience Award in Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy in 2009. The movie was also nominated for Best Film and Best Editor in Asian Film Award 2009. The Rainbow Troops also generates the most audiences in Indonesia’s film history in 2008.

Sang Pemimpi (The Dreamer), the sequel of The Rainbow Troops, was one of the most anticipated movies in Indonesia. This film continued the tale of the marginalized and the heartbreaking struggle to reach dreams. It does not only focus on the beauty of friendship, but also the genuine love between a father and his child. The film reminds its viewers the power of dreams and the beauty of pursuing your heart’s desire. The Dreamer won the NETPAC Critics Award 2010 in Singapore International Film Festival 2010.

Two special guests will be joining the Festival on May 23, 2010 after the last screening. The very own author of The Rainbow Troops and The Dreamer, Andrea Hirata, and Landung Laksono, one of the cast of The Dreamer, will be available during discussion session. More details about the session are available on our website at

I.F.F. proudly presents KING for the sports fan. This film is a story of a child’s life journey to be a professional badminton player. Inspired by his idol, Liem Swie King, the legendary World Badminton player from Indonesia, Guntur aspires to be a professional badminton player as well. His socio economic limitation does not stop him. As a matter of fact, it only motivates him to get an athletic scholarship and become a badminton champion.

Last but not least is Di Bawah Langit Yang Sama (Under the Same Sky), an independent film from Indonesian student community in Australia. Set in Sydney, the film tells a story of Indonesian students in Australia who unfold the history between the two nations during Indonesia’s war for its independence. Their curiosities lead them into a journey filled with history, culture, politics, and love.

The IFF 2010 invites you to take a cinematic journey into the beautiful Indonesia which also known as the emerald of equator. The movies will give you some experience of Indonesian culture as well as stories of love and hope. The Festival Program will be released on May 15, 2010 on our website, Copies of the program will also be available on the spot during the festival. Tickets will be available at the box office on May 22-23, 2010. For tickets reservation please email


Saturday, May 22, 2010
11:00 The Rainbow Troops
13:00 Break
13:30 Under the Same Sky

Sunday, May 23, 2010.
10:30 King
12:45 The Rainbow Troops
05:00 The Dreamer

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