Veteran actor Deddy Sutomo won his first Citra award at the Festival Film Indonesia awards gala on Monday night, at the grand old age of 74, and sat down to speak with the Jakarta Globe about it. (Photo courtesy of Layar Tancep)
A Minute With: Deddy Sutomo on Winning First Citra Award — at 74
BY :LISA SIREGAR
NOVEMBER 26, 2015
Jakarta. Veteran actor Deddy Sutomo won his first Citra award at the Festival Film Indonesia awards gala on Monday night, at the grand old age of 74.
Deddy took home the prize for best lead actor for his role in "Mencari Hilal" ("The Crescent Moon") by director Ismail Basbeth. He picked up a similar award in September at the Festival Film Bandung show.
Throughout his career, Deddy has played various characters, from a hero in the fantasy epic "Panji Tengkorak," to a villain in "Laila Majenun." In 1992, Deddy left acting for politics, but returned to the big screen 16 years later.
He spoke briefly with the Jakarta Globe after his Citra win.
Q: How do you feel about picking up the Citra award for the first time?
A: I feel honored. This is all because of the repertoire that fell in my lap. It's something that every actor must fight for. It allows me to explore deeper into expressions and social backgrounds. There are a lot of frequencies and references. Mahmud [the main character in 'Mencari Hilal'] has to deal with his neighborhood, and his son who has a different worldview.
Was it hard to go back to acting after a long break?
It is very difficult to keep my expression sharp, but I believe in the talent that God gave me, so I will make the most of it.
What do you think about the Citra awards this year?
They have changed the system and it's heading toward the Oscars style right now, with the voting and no discussions. I would say they put the right mind in the right place. Voting members are not just filmmakers, but people with a deep understanding of sociology and psychology.
What's next for you after winning the Citra?
I'm ready for my next responsibility. I just finished filming a project. I had to play with cockroaches in some of the scenes, but for an actor, it's just another challenge.
Is there anyone you would like to thank or dedicate this award to?
I would like to thank my children and grandchildren who always push me to act more intensely. I've been nominated several times, so this puts me at the peak of my career. I must not miss other opportunities.