2006. Indonesia. Garin Nugroho. 120 min.
Monday, January 21, 2008, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
2006. Indonesia. Directed by Garin Nugroho. With Artika Sari Devi, Martinus Miroto, Eko Supriyanto. The operatic opulence of this uniquely exciting and poetic film encompasses all elements of the filmmaking: musical numbers with acrobatic choreography; sets that include multicolored mountains covered in artificial flowers and the pristine beaches and densely forested heart of Java; costumes and design that reinvent Surrealism; and performances that defy naturalism, not to mention every standard for movie musicals. Part of the commissioned New Crowned Hope project, the film combines gamelan music, ballet, and eye-feasting visual pageantry in a tale of a village potter's unfaithful wife and his vengeance against her seducer. Based on "The Abduction of Sita," from the Hindu epic The Ramayana, Opera Jawa is offered by Nugroho as a requiem for the victims of violence and natural disaster. In Bahasa Indonesian; English subtitles. 120 min.