This year is turning out to be a good one for actor Vino G. Bastian. Currently busy promoting his fifth film for 2013, “Air Mata Terakhir Bunda” (“Mom’s Final Tears”), which opened in cinemas on Thursday and is also showing at the Balinale International Film Festival, the actor also just recently became the father of Jizzi Pearl Bastian, his first by his wife, actress Marsha Timothy.
“Air Mata Terakhir Bunda” was a special project for Vino in more ways than one. It was the first time he played a character from Sidoarjo, East Java, and he also was able to share screen time with his wife. Vino and Marsha weren’t married yet when they filmed the movie in August last year, but now, just one year later, they have to juggle babysitting tasks with movie premieres, photo shoots and filming days.
Compared to Vino’s other movies, “Air Mata Terakhir Bunda” is also different because it gives an encouraging portrayal of a community currently going through a controversial struggle — the Sidoarjo mud flow.
The story follows single mother Sriyani (Happy Salma) who must raise her two sons, Delta (Vino Bastian) and Iqbal (Rizky Hanggono). The small family lives in Sidoarjo, where the mud flow disaster took place in 2006.
At a press conference last week, in between talking about his character, who he described as “spoiled” and “possessive,” Vino insisted that this movie does not set out to portray the hardships that arose for the community from the disaster. Instead, Vino said he wanted to be involved only if it highlighted the daily lives of people in Sidoarjo.
More than the mud flow
“The mud flow was all I knew about Sidoarjo before I got there, but now that I’ve seen it, I see that the economic wheel keeps on going, and their shrimp farming is doing great,” said the 31-year-old, who stayed for nearly a month in Sidoarjo during filming.
Vino said he enjoyed the many discussions during his preparation, workshops and filming.
Since his own mother didn’t raise him to be spoiled, naturally, he wasn’t as close to her as Delta is with his film mother Happy Salma. Vino recalled the ending of the movie as the most draining scene throughout filming.
“Indonesians don’t always say what they feel, but we have very strong relationship with our mothers,” he said.
In “Air Mata Terakhir Bunda,” Vino’s character goes through high school and college into present day, all in Sidoarjo.
Vino’s latest film adds to quite an impressive portfolio of work that has considerably grown since the beginning of the year.
He dropped weight for his portrayal of a person living with AIDS in “Mika,” while in “Madre” he was a surfer who inherited his family’s bakery. Vino also starred in Indonesia’s first guerrilla filmmaking project, Ody Harahap’s “Cinta/Mati.”
While the actor said that for most of his life he has been happy to be a free spirit without pinning himself to any grand future plans, his October marriage to Marsha changed all that.
Having decided to do some traveling and filming first, they knew starting a family was important to them too.
“I didn’t even know that I would be releasing five movies this year, it’s like all of my work from the past couple of years suddenly decided to launch this year,” Vino said.
The actor, whose parents hail from Padang in West Sumatra and Manado in North Sulawesi, was first discovered in 2004, while he was working as a model as well as the drummer of a band.
Vino said he is still playing for his old band, Lesley 28, but not as frequently, since he’s always busy filming. At the moment, the actor said he is taking a break from filming until at least early next year to fully focus on his family.
“I don’t want to miss my daughter’s progress,” he said.
“She’s just beginning to see the world.”