From left, 'Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts' co- producer Isabelle Glachant, producer and scriptwriter Rama Adi, director and scriptwriter Mouly Surya, and producer Fauzan Zidni at the 38th Indonesian Film Festival (FFI) at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Cikini, Central Jakarta on Sunday (09/12). (JG Photo/Dhania Sarahtika)

'Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts' Makes History at Indonesian Film Festival 2018

BY :DHANIA SARAHTIKA

DECEMBER 11, 2018

Jakarta. Sunday night (09/12) was a victorious one for Mouly Surya's "Marlina Si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak" ("Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts"), as the so-called satay western brought home 10 Piala Citras – Indonesia's Oscars – from the 38th Indonesian Film Festival (FFI), more than any other film in history.

The film's awards included Piala Citra for Best Sound Editing, Best Film Editing, Best Art Direction, Original Screenplay and the top prize – Best Film.

The film's domination didn't come as a surprise since it also led the nominees' list with 15 nominations in 14 categories, but not everyone expected the movie to create history.

Marlina broke the record for winning the most number of Piala Citras for a single film. Previously the record was held by Teguh Karya's "Ibunda" (1986) with nine trophies.

Actresses Marsha Timothy and Dea Panendra won Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actress for Marlina.

Leading lady Marsha had been nominated twice before for Piala Citra for "Merah Itu Cinta" ("Red Is Love, "2007) and "Nada Untuk Asa" ("Song of Hope," 2015), but had never won until Sunday night.

Newcomer Dea scored a trifecta: this was her first film, first Piala Citra nomination and first win.

After winning Piala Citra for Best Director for her first feature film "Fiksi" in 2008, Mouly's win on Sunday made her the first woman to win the award twice in ten years.

Speaking to reporters, Mouly said she was happy that her film crew got the appreciation they deserved this time.

"I’m very happy that my friends, Frans [XR Paat] and Dea [Panendra], are appreciated for their individual contributions," she said.

She said her experience this time was very different to when she won her first Piala Citra for Fiksi.

"I was speechless. Being nominated was already a surprise back then, let alone winning it. Everything changed after that. People started offering me more opportunities. That's why I love it when Piala Citra goes to emerging filmmakers or actors," she said.

After Marlina came daylight and then Angga Dwimas Sasongko's martial arts hit "Wiro Sableng: Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212" ("212 Warrior: The Adventures of Wiro Sableng"), which scored three wins for Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Best Costume Design.

Edwin's indie foodie flick "Aruna dan Lidahnya" bagged two trophies for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor.

Some films in FFI this year followed Marlina’s footsteps of winning in international festivals before earning their stripes at home.

For example, before winning Piala Citra for Best Short Film, Aditya Ahmad’s "Kado" ("The Gift") won the same award at Venice International Film Festival.

Aditya also won Best Director and Youth Jury Prize at Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF) 2018.

FFI’s Best Feature Documentary, "Nyanyian Akar Rumput" by Yuda Kurniawan, had also won the Netpac Award at Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival 2018 last week.

This is the complete list of Piala Citra winners this year:

Best Film: "Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak"

Best Director: Mouly Surya - "Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak"

Best Leading Actress: Marsha Timothy - "Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak"

Best Leading Actor: Gading Marten - "Love For Sale"

Best Cinematography: Yunus Pasolang - "Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak"

Best Visual Effects: Keliek Wicaksono - "Wiro Sableng: Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212"

Best Original Screenplay: Mouly Surya, Rama Adi - "Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak"

Best Adapted Screenplay: Titien Wattimena - "Aruna dan Lidahnya"

Lifetime Achievement Award: Widyawati

Best Child Actor: Ni Kadek Thaly Titi Kasih - "Sekala Niskala"

Best Supporting Actor: Nicholas Saputra - "Aruna dan Lidahnya"

Best Music Editing: Zeke Khaseli, Yudhi Arfani - "Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak"

Best Soundtrack: "Kulari ke Pantai" in "Kulari ke Pantai" - Rayi Putra, Astono Andoko, Anindyo Baskoro

Best Sound Editing: Khikmawan Santosa, Yusuf A. Patawari - "Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak"

Best Film Editing: Kelvin Nugroho - "Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak"

Best Art Direction: Frans XR Paat - "Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak"

Best Costume Design: Adrianto Sinaga, Nadia Adharina - "Wiro Sableng: Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212"

Best Makeup: Jerry Octavianus - "Wiro Sableng: Pendekar Kapak Maut Naga Geni 212"

Best Supporting Actress: Dea Panendra - "Marlina Si Pembunuh Dalam Empat Babak"

Best Animated Feature: "Si Juki The Movie" - Faza Meonk

Best Short Film: "Kado" - Aditya Ahmad

Best Feature Documentary: "Nyanyian Akar Rumput" - Yuda Kurniawan

Best Short Documentary: "Rising From Silence" - Shalahuddin Siregar

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