Corruption and lust for power during the Indonesian dictatorship.
With the FIPRESCI film critics prize at this year's Orrozonti section at Venice Filmfestival in his pocket, young director Mubarak makes his first reassuring feature. It is a tense and haunting story of corruption, greed and innocence, with the Indonesian dictatorship as a backdrop. 18-year-old Rakib has been living alone as a housekeeper in the mansion of an old and retired general named Purna. One day, Purna suddenly appears in his SUV, returning home to launch his own campaign to become the region's new mayor.
Rakib is doing his best to accommodate the general’s need for an assistant and perhaps also a son he never had. The old general is unfortunately not only what his friendly appearance seems to convey, something that will put Rakib to the ultimate test.
13. NOV – Q&A and reception
Sunday NOV. 13th the Indonesian Embassy in Oslo will serve refreshments from 17.00 at Vika kino. Director Makbul Mubarak will be present at the screening and will meet the audience for a Q&A after the screening
The event is done in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Oslo.
Makbul Mubarak was born in Indonesia. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, he was named Best Film Critic in 2015 by Indonesia’s Ministry of Education. His shorts include The Dog’s Lullaby (2015) and The Malediction (2016). Autobiography is his feature film debut.
This film is part of
Country Indonesia, France, Singapore
Director Makbul Mubarak
Screenplay Makbul Mubarak
Cinematography Wojciech Staron
Producer Yulia Evina Bhara
Cast Kevin Ardilova, Arswendy Bening Swara
Production Company KawanKawan Media
Distribution Alpha Violet
Runtime 1h 55m
Age limit 15
This film is in competition for the Audience Award.