A Garin Nugroho film about resistance hero Tjokroaminoto won three awards at the Bandung film festival, including for best film, on Saturday. (Photo provided courtesy of Bandung Film Festival)

'Tjokroaminoto' Wins Best Film Award at Bandung Film Festival


SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

Bandung. Director Garin Nugroho’s film about Indonesian resistance hero Tjokroaminoto won three awards at the Bandung Film Festival over the weekend, including the coveted prize for best film.

Guru Bangsa Tjokroaminoto” (“Tjokroaminoto, Teacher of the People”), starring Reza Rahadian and Chelsea Islan, beat out another period epic, “Pendekar Tongkat Emas” (“The Master With the Golden Staff”) as well as “Surga Yang Tak Dirindukan” (“Heaven That Won’t Be Missed”) and “2014: Siapa di Atas Presiden?” (“2014: Who’s Above the President?”) for the top prize. It also took best cinematography and art direction honors.

Benni Setiawan won best director for “Toba Dreams,” while Deddy Sutomo (“Mencari Hilal,” or “Looking for the New Moon”) and Vino G. Bastian (“Toba Dreams”) share the best actor award and Laudya Cynthia Bella won best actress for her performance in “Surga Yang Tak Dirindukan.”

Veteran actor Didi Petet and actress Widyawati received lifetime achievement awards handed out by West Java Deputy Governor Deddy Mizwar, also a staple of the silver screen and lifelong friend of Didi’s.

“He alway shares his happiness with the people around him, and always tries to avoid conflict,” Deddy said of Didi as quoted by Antara. “We hope his works will always be remembered.”

This year marks the 28th edition of the Bandung Film Festival.