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7th edition: 11 April - 15 April 2018

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018 Feature Film)

Mouly SURYA | Indonesia | 2017 | color | DCP | 95' | Indonesian | e.s.

In this unconventional, slightly absurdist revenge Western set in the Far East, widow Marlina goes in search of justice. Her journey through the inhospitable countryside of the Indonesian island Sumba brings her unexpected allies and reveals unsuspected, powerful aspects of her character.

The countryside on the Indonesian island Sumba is an inhospitable place – particularly for women. Marlina finds this out painfully when a gang of robbers breaks into her home demanding her virtue, and her livestock. Recovering from the initial shock, she decides not to give in without a fight. The bare landscape is the perfect setting for this revenge Western, with a laconic yet determined Marlina in the lead role. The people she meets on her path to justice accept her mission as a matter of course, along with the fact that she carries the head of one of her tormentors around with her.

This story, full of dry humor and accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack, unfolds in tightly framed shots of the photogenic landscape and the mystical interior of Marlina's wooden house. The original idea for the film, included in Cannes' Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, was by IFFR veteran Garin Nugroho, who thought a woman should tell the story.

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 20:15

Duration: 1:13

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 21:15

Duration: 1:13

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 16:00

Duration: 1:13

Year in Festival
Yunus Pasolang
Marsha Timothy
Dea Panendra
Egy Fedly
Yoga Pratama
Kelvin Nugroho
Yudhi Kurniawan
Zeke Khaseli
Fauzan Rizal
Rama Adi
Production Company
Kaninga Pictures
Production Design
Frans Paat
Asian Shadows
Mouly Surya
Rama Adi
Garin Nugroho
Sound Design
Khikmawan Santosa
Year of Production

Mouly SURYA (1980, Indonesia) earned her BA in Media and Literature from Swinburne University after which she attended Bond University, for an MA in Film and Television. Her acclaimed debut film Fiksi (2008) won many awards, including Best Director at JIFFEST 2008. Her second feature What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love (2013) received the NETPAC Award at International Film Festival Rotterdam. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017) is Surya's first international co-production. Apart from her work as filmmaker, she has taught a directing class in Jakarta.


Fiksi/Fiction (2008), Yang tidak dibicarakan ketika membicarakan cinta/What They Don't Talk About When They Talk About Love (2013), Marlina si pembunuh dalam empat babak/Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)