Jakarta. The upcoming drama, "Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts," by Mouly Surya is set to have its world premiere in the Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival on May 18-28.
"Marlina" will be the fourth Indonesian feature film to be screened at the oldest and most prestigious film festival after "Tjoet Nja Dhien" in the Critics' Week section in 1988, as well as "Daun di Atas Bantal" ("Pillow on a Leaf") in 1998, "Serambi" ("The Porch") in 2006 — both in the Un Certain Regard section.
Mouly, who is currently in Paris to finish the post production of "Marlina," said in a statement that it is an honor to her to have her film selected among 24 features at the Directors Fortnight section.
"Being selected for this festival gives 'Marlina' a chance for wider distribution. Directors' Fortnight has discovered many auteurs who [then] became famous with their more daring works," she said.
"Marlina" follows an Indonesian widow who seeks justice after a robbery. The script was written by Mouly and Rama Adi, based on Garin Nugroho's idea. It stars Marsha Timothy, Dea Panendra, Yoga Pratama and Egi Fedly, and was produced by Rama and Fauzan Zidni of Cinesurya.
"Marlina" was shot in Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, in 2016. Its co-producers are Kaninga Pictures (Indonesia), Sasha & Co Production (France), Astro Shaw (Malaysia), HOOQ Originals (Singapore) and Purin Pictures (Thailand).
Cannes Film Festival was established in 1946. The highest prize is Palme d'Or, whose winners include Martin Scorsese, Abbas Kiarostami and Michael Haneke.
Directors' Fortnight was established by the French Directors Guild in 1969, after the festival was cancelled in 1968. The program selects short, feature and documentary films from around the world.
Mouly debuted in 2008 with "Fiksi" ("Fiction"), thanks to which she became the first female filmmaker to win the Citra award for the best director. Her 2013 drama "What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love" was the first Indonesian feature to be selected for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival.