The film, written by the poet Asrul Sani and directed by Usmair Ismail, is widely regarded as a classic of Indonesian cinema. The film is a thriller set in the months following Indonesia’s independence. It follows Iskandar, a medical student and war veteran, who finds himself disillusioned with civilian life in the post-war era and feels betrayed by the corruption and mismanaged leadership around him. Eventually Iskandar finds himself on the run from the authorities in a city that, after the revolution, is still under the curfew. —Festival de Cannes
Usmar Ismail (1921–1971) was a prominent Indonesian film director. He was a Minangkabau descent. He was widely regarded as the native Indonesian pioneer of the Cinema of Indonesia although films made by the Dutch dated back to around 1926.
He was perhaps best known internationally for his 1961 film Fighters for Freedom which documented Indonesian independence from the Dutch and French.
Ismail initially served in the army during the Dutch occupation, later following his dream of becoming a film director by establishing Indonesia’s first film studios “Perfini Studios” in the early fifties.
A concert hall known as the Usmar Ismail Hall was established in his name in Jakarta which gives musical, opera and theatrical performances. —Wikipedia