Jakarta. Film director Ardy Octaviand returns to the silver screen with a new comedy about a school for street children.
"Stip & Pensil" ("Eraser and Pencil"), starring Ernest Prakasa as Tony, Tatjana Saphira as Bubu, Indah Permatasari as Saras and Ardit Erwandha as Aghi, follows four wealthy high school kids who are trying to win a national essay competition and at the same time prove to their school friends that they are smart and caring.
In the process of looking for an inspiration, the four friends accidentally meet with Ucok (Iqbal Shinchan), a street musician who lives under a bridge.
After their visit to Ucok's place, Aghi suggests to write about his life and the four friends decide to build a school for homeless kids.
Ardy said the script was written by filmmaker Joko Anwar in 2011. Speaking at the press conference at Plaza Indonesia in South Jakarta on Tuesday (18/04), Ardy added that even though "Stip & Pencil" is categorized as comedy, he wanted it to carry educational values as well.
"I took the script from Joko when I visited his office in 2011. I immediately liked it, because the story is not only about love but also the importance of education. Nowadays, no one really pays attention to them [street children]; a lot of people don't know what it means to be young, vulnerable and living on the streets of Jakarta," he said.
The movie was produced by Jakarta-based production house MD Pictures, which recently earned more than 2 million viewers with their horror film "Danur."
After the commercial success, producer Manoj Punjabi said he wants to venture into the comedy genre.
"We already came with a drama and horror, I wanted to produce something fresh and new this year," he said.
Ardy debuted in 2007 with "Coklat Stroberi" ("Strawberry Chocolate "). His previous blockbuster, drama comedy "3 Dara" (not to be confused with the 1956 "Tiga Dara"), was shot in 2015.