Autobiography, a feature film produced by ReelOzInd! 2021 jury member Yulia Evina Bhara, has won the Best Fiction award at the Adelaide Film Festival. The award follows screenings at this year’s Busan and Venice Film Festivals.
Autobiography is the first feature-length film from director and screenwriter Makbul Mubarak, a leading film critic in Indonesia, and the only film from Southeast Asia to have premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival back in September.
Producer Ms Bhara said the film carried a message about the dynamics of democracy in Indonesia and how that process is felt across generations, when she spoke to the Indonesian Embassy in Rome following the premiere.
Autobiography raises the issue of political power in Indonesia through the figure of Rakib and a retired general. The audience is invited to follow the story about the psychological relationship of children and father figures, as well as the socio-culture aspect that occurred in the process of selecting a regent in Bojonegoro, East Java.
Autobiography was screened along with dozens of other films including those from Ukraine, France, Argentina and Japan. It was shown as part of the thriller genre included in the Orrizonti category at the Venice Film Festival, a category which emphasises the expressive and aesthetic side. The director also expressed his feelings of joy and pride because his personal interpretation could be seen and receive appreciation from an international audience.