Jakarta. Indonesian films and culture will become the main attraction of Crosscut Asia, a special segment at the 29th Tokyo International Film Festival running from Oct. 25 to Nov. 3.
Since 2014, the Crosscut Asia non-competition category has been organized to increase Japan's cultural interaction with other countries in Asia. The category helps to strengthen the filmmakers network across Asia and their exchange with journalists and film critics.
Each year, the festival focuses on one country. This year the festival is celebrating "Colorful Indonesia."
Indonesian films have entered the official selection process for the main competition category throughout the years. The works of Garin Nugroho, Edwin and Riri Riza all featured during 2012's "Indonesian Express" special.
Tokyo festival's officer Hideko Saito said in a statement that the Japanese public has not often been able to watch Indonesian films. The special program is meant to help them learn more about Indonesian culture and cinematography.
Christine Hakim, Garin Nugroho, Teddy Soeriaatmadja, Kamila Andini, Angga Dwimas Sasongko, Edwin, Riri Riza and Ifa Isfansyah have been selected to represent the country this year.
Among the 10 films that will be screened during Crosscut Asia are Teddy Soeriaatmadja's "Lovely Man," Edwin's "Someone's Wife in the Boat of Someone's Husband" and Kamila Andini's "Following Diana."
All of the films will be shown with English and Japanese subtitles and some will be entered in the World/Asian Premiere category. The full film lineup and list of participants will be released by the end of September.
Tokyo International Film Festival will be held in Roppongi Hills.