“In my view, this indicates Indonesian films have been counted on the world’s film map that is great for Indonesia’s film industry,” Anwar stated during the red carpet session of the Tokyo International Film Festival 2019 at Roppongi Hills, Tokyo, Japan, Monday, October 28.
During the 32nd annual film festival, Anwar presented Indonesia’s ghost story-themed film “Folklore - A Mother’s Love” starring Marissa Anita and Muzakki Ramdhan that aired through HBO in 2018.
“It was newly added to this festival but since HBO did not link to Japan, so A Mother’s Love was solely distributed this year in the country,” he expounded.
The Indonesian-Singapore production film is included in the CROSSCUT ASIA 06: Fantastic Southeast Asia program that highlighted horror to science fiction movies from the region in 2019.
In the same program, another drama-science fiction movie "Foxtrot Six" of Anwar was also screened, while his latest horror movie "Perempuan Tanah Jahanam" cannot be counted in owing to its current limited distribution abroad.
“Some countries want to be the first to screen the movie, so they requested us to hold the distribution in other countries’ film festival,” Anwar stated.
Prior to the Tokyo Film Festival 2019, Anwar’s superhero comic-adapted film "Gundala" was screened in the program of Midnight Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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