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Djenar Mahesa AYU
Best New Comer Actress, Best Supporting Actress / Indonesian Movie Awards 2008 Program Note
Best Adaptation Screenplay / Indonesian Film Festival 2009
A nightmarish past is a ghost that continuously dictates our future. This is particularly true for Adjeng, a young writer trapped by the long shadows of her past. This is her prison that splits her into two different characters. On one side she can be very aggressive when she roams the nightlife with her friends and lovers, yet she becomes so passive in front of her mother. Her will to let go of all the tension pushes Adjeng to express herself through her writing. But her mother’s objection creates a dilemma for Adjeng.
Adjen is a writer of children’s stories who seems to live an independent and free life. However, she is actually haunted by dark childhood memories like a telephone that does not stop ringing. Her glamorous nightlife seems more like a desperate struggle to escape from the past, rather than enjoyment.
She is now attempting to stop writing stories for children and start writing her story so that she can wash away her old wounds, but it is a strain to even write the first sentence. All that her lover can do is comfort her, for it is impossible to face her ghosts from the past in her place. The only way to break away from the miserable past may be to confront it in reality instead of running away from it. Adjen is slowly able to face the nightmarish memories of her mother, which she had never been able to tell anyone about and must not talk about, ever.
The director is a writer who has written four collections of short stories and is also an actor, and this adaptation of one of those stories unravels in an interesting manner the universal issues that anybody empathize with the upper class in Indonesia as the backdrop. (Park Mi-young)
Best New Comer Actress, Best Supporting Actress / Indonesian Movie Awards 2008
Djenar Mahesa AYUDjenar Mahesa AYU
Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, 1973. As a writer, she has published short stories and novels, including 「They Say, I’m A Monkey!」(2002). She directed They Say, I’m A Monkey! (2008), SAIA (2009). As an actress in Children of Borobudur (2006), The Lost Suitcase (2007), Cinta Setaman (2009). Nominated as the best actress several times. They Say, I’m a Monkey! is the winner of the best adaptation screenplay and the best new director at Indonesian Film Festival (2009).「 MANOA」