Marche Du Film Cannes: Platform to Promote 50 Indonesian Films

Cannes-Indonesia will promote about 50 films in the Marche Du Film of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in France on May 14-23, 2014.

The Indonesian films “Sang Kiai” (The Scholar), “The Raid”, “99 Cahaya Langit Eropa” (99 Lights of European Sky), and a documentary “Jalanan” (The Street) will be screened at the Indonesian Cinema booth during the Cannes Festival.

The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry’s Head of Film Festival and Exhibition, Molly Prabawaty, informed that the 50 films which will be promoted have achieved various honors from national and international festivals, such as the Raid, which was screened in cinemas across the US and Jalanan, which received the Best Documentary Film Award in the 2013 Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) held in South Korea.

Molly remarked that the Indonesian delegation at the Cannes Festival will be directly led by Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Marie Elka Pangestu, who will also host a cocktail party for 150 guests, such as the Indonesian Consulate General in France, filmmakers, and the international media, in order to promote Indonesian movies, culture, and tourism.

According to Molly, the Marche Du Film is a gateway to the world’s biggest film market that is integrated with the Cannes Film Festival, wherein nearly 10 thousand filmmakers and producers from around the world meet and do business. Therefore, Molly pointed out that this festival offers a golden opportunity for Indonesia to participate and promote its film industry.

“We have well-organized exhibition plans to promote our films, such as providing Indonesian Film Catalog 2013-2014, Shooting Location in Indonesia’s Catalog, Indonesian movies’ DVDs and its trailer compilations, and various goodie bags,” she reiterated.

During the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, the Indonesian film “Tjoet Nja’ Dhien” (the name of an Indonesian heroine from Aceh who led guerrilla struggles against the Dutch for 25 years during the period between 1878 and 1903) was honored as “the Best International Film”. Since then, Indonesia has regularly participated in the Cannes Film Festival.

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