Jakarta film fest halves program

Organizers site global financial crisis, cut fest to Dec 5-9

BANGKOK - The 10th Jakarta International Film Festival (JiFFest) on Wednesday said it would halve its program to five days beginning Dec. 5 due to the global financial crisis and organizers' concerns that attendance could fall below the 55,000 guests seen in recent years.

The festival will open with the Coen Brothers "Burn After Reading" then go on to screen 100 films from 20 countries and present a retrospective of 10-years of Indonesian hits such as the children's musical "Sherina’s Adventure," the teen movie "What’s Up with Love?" and the horror film "Jelangkung."

JiFFest also will feature a producer's panel, a master class on film criticism, and a retrospective of the work of Taku Furukawa, followed by his master class by the Japanese animator.

The Indonesian Feature Film Competition will screen 10 domestic films from made Oct. 2007 to Sept. 2008, rather than screen all 84 films made in the past year, as was the practice at last year's JiFFest. The films include: "Fiksi," "Get Married," and "In the Name of Love."
Other recent Indonesian films set to enjoy gala premieres include a short on Javanese myth "Drupadi," by Riri Riza, a documentary by five emerging directors on women living on the edge called "At Stake," and auteur Garin Nugroho's magical realist depiction of Bali, Indonesia's Hindu Island, called "Under the Tree."
Other festival sections will feature shorts by new filmmakers who won festival grants last year; a selection of Southeast Asian films, such as "My Magic" by Eric Khoo of Singapore; and World Cinema and Panorama sections, set to include titles such as this year’s winners at Berlin and Cannes, respectively, "Happy-Go-Lucky," and "Tokyo Sonata."

A documentary section will include "Up the Yangtze" and Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones rockumentary "Shine a Light."

The Dec. 9 closing film will be Woody Allen’s "Vicky Cristina Barcelona."