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132 Ratings

Requiem from Java

Opera Jawa

Directed by Garin Nugroho
Indonesia, Austria, 2006


This is the story about Setyo, Siti and Ludiro, who were the performer of Javanese Ramayana’s Wayang Wong. Setyo and Siti are spouse who live in a village by selling earthenware products.

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Requiem from Java Directed by Garin Nugroho

Critics reviews

Passions — both overt and hidden — are expressed in the film through dance. Nugroho also filled Opera Jawa with props and sets designed by Indonesian conceptual artists. The result is a mixture of old and new, with scenes that hover between the ritualistic and the experimental while never losing their intimacy.
October 28, 2015
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I saw the world premiere of this audacious, undeniably challenging, in fact downright mind-boggling avant-garde masterpiece by Indonesian filmmaker Garin Nugroho at the Venice International Film Festival in 2006, along with my esteemed colleague and friend Olaf Möller.
January 16, 2008
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