Archive of films Rocket Rain / Rocket Rain
2013, 99 min
Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
After a long hiatus, two old friends meet at a nature preserve on Bali and find mutual understanding for their troubled home lives. This sensitive film, dealing with various forms of friendship and family, combines the protagonists’ earnest conversations about serious matters with otherworldly motifs and lighthearted adventures.
"Do you think Adam ever got bored with Eve?” "If Adam and Eve had separated before they had kids, that would’ve been a disaster!” Jansen is going through a marital crisis, and after a long hiatus he meets his old friend Culapo, who has gone through similar problems. For the present, getting out of town is the only step Jansen has taken. Although of differing temperaments, the men offer each other support and understanding, which helps them in their search for inner peace. This leisurely-paced movie is deeply anchored in the local culture, discussing family values and traditions openly, although the film’s poetics help keep things universally applicable. Here, the blending of reality and fantasy arises from a perception of the everyday that differs from what Western society is used to, where dreaming isn’t usually considered a part of daily life. The movie looks at universal questions of family and, more generally, interpersonal relationships from the perspective of the two men, yet it is entirely free of the macho attitudes that are closer to mainstream Indonesian culture, as elsewhere.
About the director
Anggun Priambodo (b. 1977, Trenggalek, Java, Indonesia) graduated in interior design from the Jakarta Art Institute. Since the beginning of his career in 2002 he has sought alternative paths through the audiovisual art space, and although his main focus is video art, he has also made music videos and commercials. His work has been shown at festivals and galleries around the world (e.g. the Venice Biennale and London’s Tate Modern). In 2011 he founded Cobra Magazine (Majalah Cobra), an independent periodical for film, music, and visual arts. He contributed to the story showcases Belkibolang (2010) and 9808 (2008), which played the festivals in Rotterdam, Busan, and Jeonju, among others. Occasionally working as an actor, he appeared in the film What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love, screened at last year’s KVIFF. He also enacted one of the lead roles in his feature debut Rocket Rain.
About the film
|Section:||Forum of Independents - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Amalia Ts|
|Cast:||Anggun Priambodo, Tumpal Tampubolon, Narpati Awangga|
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