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Indonesian Short Film 'Prenjak' Wins Discovery Prize in Cannes

Lisa Siregar
May 20, 2016 | 10:14 am
A still from Wregas Bhanuteja's new short film 'Prenjak.' (Photo courtesy of Wregas Bhanuteja)
A still from Wregas Bhanuteja's new short film 'Prenjak.' (Photo courtesy of Wregas Bhanuteja)

Jakarta. An Indonesian short film inspired by a little-known sex trade popular in the 80s and 90s in Yogyakarta called "Prenjak (In the Year of the Monkey)," by young director Wregas Bhanuteja, has snared the Leica Cine Discovery Prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday (19/05).

Prenjak, which was screened three times at the Semaine de la Critique (International Critics' Week) program in the festival, follows protagonist Diah who sells matches for Rp 10,000 each stick to her friend, Jarwo. In exchange for the seemingly exorbitant price for the matches, Diah allows Jarwo to look under her dress each time he buys a stick.

The Leica Cine Discovery Prize offers 4,000 euros for aspiring talents in short film.

"The young filmmakers at this festival and around the world are developing a new language. We are pleased to be able to offer the Leica Cine Discovery Prize as a way of recognizing new and creative voices in film," said managing director of CW Sonderoptic, Gerhard Baier, in a statement.


Prenjak was first screened for the Jakarta public in a sold-out show at the new Kinosaurus micro cinema in Kemang just a day before the announcement in Cannes.

Kinosaurus, located behind the Kemang branch of Aksara bookstore, will screen Prenjak again on Friday, May 27, at 4 p.m. Tickets cost Rp 35,000 per person.

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