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Yosep Anggi Noen: Movie competition darling finds his enjoyable in fiction


From a younger age, filmmaker Yosep Anggi Noen has been a movie fanatic, at all times discovering the time to create brief films along with his highschool associates.

Although he graduated from Gadjah Mada College with a level in communications in 2001, Anggi, born within the city of Sleman, Yogyakarta, has at all times had cinema on his thoughts. In 2007, he turned this ardour into research, graduating from the Busan Worldwide Movie Competition’s (BIFF) Asian Movie Academy.

As destiny would have it, his first feature-length movie, Peculiar Trip and Different Sicknesses, debuted 5 years later on the 17th version of BIFF in October 2012. The identical film additionally propelled him to the limelight on the prestigious Locarno Movie Competition in Switzerland, earlier than the movie obtained a restricted Indonesian launch in 2014.

One other certainly one of his movies, 2017 historic fiction Istirahatlah Kata-kata (Solo, Solitude), debuted on the 69th Locarno Movie Competition in 2016.

Recognition: Yosep Anggi Noen’s film Recognition: Yosep Anggi Noen’s movie “The Science of Fictions”, which works by the Indonesian title “Hiruk-Pikuk si Al-Kisah”, obtained a particular point out on the Locarno Worldwide Movie Competition in Switzerland. (Courtesy of Limaenam Movies/-)

Anggi himself, nevertheless, is somewhat modest about his achievements and is recently eager solely on discussing his newest film The Science of Fictions, which works by the Indonesian title Hiruk-Pikuk si Al-Kisah.

After making its Asian debut on the 24th version of BIFF in October final yr, The Science of Fictions was screened on the Plaza Indonesia Movie Competition, which ran from Feb. 24 to 28 at Plaza Indonesia mall’s Cinema XXI.

Anggi believes The Science of Fictions is healthier suited to an Indonesian viewers, regardless of the movie receiving a good response on the Locarno Movie Competition.

The film, which received a Particular Point out Award on the competition final yr, tells the story of a easy farmer named Siman (Gunawan Maryanto) who had his tongue lower out after witnessing a staged moon touchdown shoot within the 1960s on Parangtritis Seaside. 

The Science of Fictions is just not a science fiction film. As an alternative, Anggi mentioned, filmgoers would see the movie as one which questioned the science fiction style.

“If we discuss concerning the Indonesian viewers, I feel they’re changing into more and more numerous, or on the very least have a want to see all kinds of films,” defined Anggi, who turns 37 on March 15.

“Filmmakers are displaying totally different flavors as effectively, like how horror directed by Joko Anwar is totally different from horror directed by others.”

His earlier movie, Solo, Solitude, based mostly on the lifetime of poet-activist Wiji Thukul, received Jogja-NETPAC Asian Movie Competition’s (JAFF) greatest film of 2016 and garnered greater than 50,000 viewers, which Anggi mentioned was a somewhat excessive quantity for a historic movie.

“I’m not significantly frightened about viewers curiosity, as we’ve seen that they’ve a excessive demand for a greater variety of movies.”

Together with his newest movie’s give attention to the conspiracy idea of a faked moon touchdown, to some it may appear he’s making fairly the leap, tackling an American triumph in a Javanese setting. However Anggi mentioned it was greater than that, because the moon touchdown as a triumph of humanity had been inserted into totally different cultural contexts.

“In Indonesia, some would even say that astronaut Neil Armstrong himself returned from the moon and went to Indonesia, the place he transformed into Islam after listening to the adzan (name to prayer) on the moon,” he mentioned.

“Whereas at Locarno, I met a journalist from Pakistan, and came upon that comparable narratives exist. Each group desires to turn out to be a part of a world achievement, and that may manifest in issues like spreading these pretend tales as reality.”

The Science of Fictions, he mentioned, was not concerning the conspiracy idea of a faked moon touchdown; it was concerning the response of communities world wide to the occasion.

“Going again in time, there was a New York Occasions piece about [United States president] Nixon’s go to to Jakarta a couple of days after Armstrong’s launch in 1969, the place he informed the press and Indonesian public that Indonesia can be given a chunk of moon rock,” he mentioned.

“That is part of diplomacy utilizing a world achievement. ‘Whether or not you might be in Indonesia, Vietnam or wherever, you can be given part of our achievement’. That’s diplomacy, and an incredible one at that.”

Reconciling the 2 totally different cultural views was straightforward for him as somebody current in an ecosystem the place folks can simply take part in main international occasions within the sense that they’re uncovered to it always, making it really feel like they’re near them.

“I suppose that’s a part of globalization, the place folks really feel like they’re a part of the fixed shift of the world. We turn out to be a part of it as a client or the topic, however we are able to additionally turn out to be the article of reports.” 

When creating the film, Nixon’s diplomatic efforts grew to become the premise of his considering, however he was additionally impressed by Parangkusumo, a scenic location in Bantul, Yogyakarta, identified for its sand dunes, which he mentioned resembled the lunar floor.

Parangkusumo is attention-grabbing for Anggi as he noticed not simply the pure parts, but additionally features of life that vary from pre-wedding shoots and kejawen Javanese rituals to prostitution.

From there, he additionally inserted the cultural zeitgeist of 1960s Indonesia, such because the political upheaval and rewriting of historical past to assist the brand new regime.

As for the film’s layers of context, Anggi mentioned that totally different interpretations had been de rigueur for films of any variety, together with some that had been made solely for leisure.

“Some folks get unhappy after watching a romance, whereas others really feel elated. I feel interpretation is at all times on the viewers’s behest. A film as interpreted by its makers and by the viewers are various things. The makers can try to indicate their concepts, whereas the viewers is permitted to check that concept whereas watching the film.”

Nevertheless, he does notice The Science of Fictions will not be simply discernible in its narrative, and it would require repeat viewings.

“For filmmakers, movie festivals are [sources of] power, as they supply them with the area to satisfy the viewers. After we create a film, we’re at all times frightened about how it could be obtained. So we’re extra stressed after the film is out and never earlier than,” Anggi mentioned.

“Assembly the viewers is one solution to ease that fear. One other manner is by getting a report on viewer numbers – the upper the passion, the much less frightened we turn out to be because it reveals the film is well-received. […] When it turns into a box-office [hit], our worries are gone since which means we are able to prolong the hire of our home,” he laughed.(ste)


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Ananda Sukarlan cements position in Spanish classical music


The primary leg of the Rapsodia Nusantara live performance tour in Makassar, South Sulawesi, had simply come to an finish early final month when pianist and composer Ananda Sukarlan obtained a telephone name with a request he couldn’t decline.

He needed to return to his second dwelling in Spain to chair a jury panel for the Reina Sofia Award for Music Composition, the most important classical music award in Europe named after the Queen Mom Sofia.

Ananda mentioned he wouldn’t thoughts suspending a tour overlaying Surabaya in East Java, Bali and Jakarta to honor the Queen Mom Sofia, who had supported his music and Spanish classical music basically.

“Her Majesty got here to my live shows earlier than she abdicated. We had some discussions and he or she had nice new concepts of how music might serve the disabled and in addition as a type of diplomacy and communication,” the maestro, who lives with Asperger syndrome, instructed The Jakarta Put up on Tuesday through textual content messages from Spain.

The nice and cozy relationship was not the one purpose for his appointment because the presiding jury member.

Ananda is also referred to as a significant affect in Spanish up to date classical music, directing its path right into a fusion of two musical cultures.

The 2001-2005 work of Jesus Rueda, probably the most distinguished dwelling Spanish composer for the piano, as an illustration, confirmed some Indonesian components, equivalent to his “Sonata No. 2 Ketjak”.

One other composition with a heavy Indonesian sound may be present in David del Puerto’s “Symphony No. 2 Nusantara & Violin Concerto” launched in 2017.

The Reina Sofia Awards’ jury includes Rueda, Ananda’s good friend of 20 years, Spanish composer Juan Cruz-Guevara, Fabian Panisello from Argentina and world-renowned African music ethnomusicologist Polo Vallejo.

Saying the judging outcomes on Sunday, their selection went to Valencia-born Carlos Fontcuberta, 43, who will obtain the Queen Sofia Prize of 35,000 euro (US$39,000).

In line with Spanish information outlet La Vanguardia, the award was sponsored by the Ferrer-Salat Basis, an organization engaged in prescription drugs and philanthropy.

Queen Mom Sofia, whose husband King Juan Carlos abdicated in 2014, will current the prize within the coming months after winners in different fields of artwork are chosen.

The award is held yearly to develop skills in literature, visible arts, movie and classical music.

Throughout judging for the classical music class, which began on Feb. 28, Ananda mentioned the jury had chosen the perfect 4 works and unanimously discovered that Fontcuberta’s composition titled “Trencadis” has a robust id and recent music construction.

“I admired the originality of the music construction, which works effectively; [it’s] not nearly being new and sounding completely different. The opposite members of the jury mentioned, ‘Nicely, clearly, he might apply the trencadis construction brilliantly’. And I used to be so embarrassed as a result of I didn’t know what that phrase meant at the moment.”

Trencadis is a Catalan phrase, the language utilized in northeastern Spain, for damaged tile mosaics — a visible artwork approach utilized by modernist architect Antoni Gaudi.

Ananda’s unfamiliarity with Catalan was not his solely awkward second as he additionally grew to become the receiving finish of jokes amongst jury members concerning a press release made by an Indonesian Baby Safety Fee (KPAI) commissioner who claimed that girls might get pregnant from swimming in the identical pool as males.

“It had gone viral worldwide and would have been a heavy burden for me ought to I’ve picked the incorrect winner,” he quipped.

The Rapsodia Nusantara tour will characteristic Ananda and 17-year-old Michael Anthony, a blind pianist with autism, who was found on the Ananda Sukarlan Award piano competitors a couple of years in the past. In Makassar, South Sulawesi they shared the stage with the province’s 17-year-old musical prodigy, Vivienne Thamrin.


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Greenback bounces after end-2019 selloff, yuan shrugs off coverage easing


(Reuters) – The greenback snapped a six-day dropping streak so as to add 0.25% on Thursday, the primary buying and selling day of 2020, pushing the euro off five-month highs whereas the offshore yuan shrugged off reserve ratio cuts that might add $115 billion value of liquidity.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. 100 greenback notes are seen on this image illustration taken in Seoul February 7, 2011. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Gained/

Buying and selling might stay skinny till Tuesday, when most European international locations open after Monday’s Epiphany vacation however market gamers will likely be relieved the greenback navigated the vacation interval with out experiencing the cash market squeezes many had feared.

The greenback index slumped 0.4% on New Yr Eve as massive banks took solely a small portion of the $150 billion supplied by the U.S. Federal Reserve’s in a single day repo operation and borrowing prices fell to the bottom stage since March 2018.

(Graphic: The Fed dives into the repo market png click on, right here)

Whereas wariness stays that there might be a repeat of final January’s “flash crash”, when large stop-loss promoting swept via holiday-thinned markets, analysts mentioned the Fed’s liquidity injections had lowered the danger.

“There’s nothing basic…on the finish of final 12 months the greenback offered off fairly sharply so we’re seeing an easing in among the greenback promoting stress,” mentioned Lee Hardman, senior FX strategist at MUFG.

“The liquidity squeeze didn’t materialise in order that’s contributing to stability in broader monetary markets…However the greenback story has been turning detrimental in current months, partly due to motion taken by the Fed to ease greenback liquidity,” Hardman mentioned, referring to the U.S. central financial institution’s steadiness sheet growth re-launched in October.

Having ended December nearly 2% decrease in opposition to a basket of currencies, the greenback inched as much as 96.65 whereas in opposition to the euro it was at $1.119, knocking the only forex from its highest stage since early August of $1.1249.

The dollar index ended 2019 nearly flat.

The Chinese language yuan closed at 6.9631 to the greenback, its strongest shut since Aug. 2, and in addition firmed offshore after small downward strikes triggered by Wednesday’s transfer to chop the amount of money that banks should maintain, releasing $115 billion value of funds to assist the economic system.

The transfer had been broadly anticipated following Premier Li Keqiang’s pledge final month to unleash extra stimulus.

(Graphic: China lending fee and RRR click on, right here)

Traders at the moment are ready for the U.S. ISM manufacturing survey due on Friday. Throughout a lot of Asia and Europe, closing buying managers indexes painted a barely brighter image, with French, German and euro zone readings a contact higher than advance PMIs.

However additionally they confirmed an 11th straight month of contracting euro zone exercise.

The euro slipped 0.2%, having strengthened 1.8% in opposition to the greenback final month. Nevertheless, euro zone bond yields prolonged their rise and inflation expectations rose to the very best since July.

“Increased bond yields are more likely to hold the euro’s micro-rally going, wildfires will hold a lid on Aussie greenback, and PMIs and oil are supporting Norwegian, Swedish and Canadian currencies,” Societe Generale informed purchasers.

The Swedish crown briefly firmed 0.3% in opposition to the euro after PMIs rose in December following three months of declines, though they nonetheless languished in contraction territory.

The Norwegian crown inched to 3-1/2 month highs after firmer PMIs, additionally benefiting from firmer crude costs.

The Australian greenback slipped 0.3%.

U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned on Tuesday that Section 1 of a commerce take care of China could be signed on Jan. 15 on the White Home. Markets are ready for additional particulars

Reporting by Sujata Rao; Modifying by Frances Kerry, Kirsten Donovan

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