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TELEGRAMME

Daku is dragged into a conflict of cultural values. As a journalist living in Jakarta, a city which offers a rational modern life, he is confronted with his Balinese identity and by its culture and complex traditional obligations.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2003 19:04 IST
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Indonesia, 1997
Director: Slamet Rahardjo Djarot

Daku is dragged into a conflict of cultural values. As a journalist living in Jakarta, a city which offers a rational modern life, he is confronted with his Balinese identity and by its culture and complex traditional obligations – all of which seem irrelevant to him in the context of present-day living.

But he is unable to run away from this situation because of the deep love he bears for his land and his family. Slowly, doubts begin to grow in him. He adopts a child to prove to himself that he is strong and in control. To convince himself and Sinta, the adopted daughter of this, he imagines he has a family; he tells Sinta that her mother has passed away. This process of self-deception makes him incapable of differentiating between reality and fantasy...

Screenplay:
Putu Wijaya and Slamet Rahardjo Djarot (based on the eponymous novel by Putu Wijaya)

Cinematography:
Jacques Bouquin

Editing:
Catherine d’Hoir

Principal cast:
Sujiwi Teju, Ayu Azhari, Deasy Ratnasari, Ahmed Nugraha, Mira Ayudha, Ibu Savitri, Remy Sylado, Anne J Cotto, Lisa Chaniago, Tyas Wahono

Production: PT. Ekapraya Film (Indonesia) and ARTCAM International / 35mm / colour / 95 mins.

Director's bio-note:
Slamet Rahardjo Djarot was born in Serang (West Java) in 1949. He studied Art Directing at the Indonesian National Theatre Academy. In 1968 he formed, together with the well-known stage director Teguh Karya, the Teater Populer, one of the most prominent theatre groups in the country.

Slamet Rahardjo has played leading roles in plays by Gogol, Lorca, Buchner, Brecht, Strindberg and Chekov both on stage and on television. He has also acted in Whispering Sands by Nan Triveni Achnas.

The first film he directed was The Moon and the Sun in 1980 and since then has made 11 more films. He won the Best Director award for Paper Flowers (1974) and The Destiny (1986) at the Indonesian Film Festival in 1974. My Sky My Home (1990) won awards at Cairo, Berlin and Nantes.

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First Published: Jul 17, 2003 04:19 IST