Now in its second year, this international film festival runs from 21 to 31 October, promising to be a visual and cultural feast of creativity.
"BALINALE International Film Festival (Formerly known as Bali Taksu Film Festival) is in the tradition of the BERLINALE, and the VIENNALE - both which have more than 50 years of successful events behind them,’ said Deborah Gabinetti, Director of the BALINALE International Film Festival.
Showcasing 40 films from 20 countries shown in five different locations around Bali, as well as running a number of workshops and exhibitions, the BALINALE was established by the Bali Taksu Indonesia Foundation.
This year’s program shows an ambitious expansion over last year – with the first three showing premieres of international award-winning films addressing cultural and environmental issues with an encouraging number of international directors have come to Bali to introduce their films.
"Taking root – the Vision of Wangari Maathai" is an Asian Premiere of the Nobel Prize winner’s work in replanting trees to re-green the environment in her Kenyan homeland of Africa.
An Indonesian Premiere of Mexican Director Sebastian Silva’s film "El Viaje de la Nonna", (Nonna’s Trip), is sponsored by the Mexican Embassy. It approaches the universal issues of age and memory, as an elderly woman dreaming of seeing her home once more is supported by her family in making her dreams come true. The filmmaker is here to introduce the film.
"Perempuan Punya Cerita’ (Chants of Lotus)will be presented by scriptwriter Vivian Idris and Actress Shanty – a collaboration of four Directors – Nia Dinata, Upi, Lasja F. Susatyo and Fatimah T. Rony, which depicts the ups and downs of women's lives in four different parts of Indonesian society – an isolated island, a tourist town, a village, and the capital city.
Italian film "Lezioni di Volo’ (Flying Lessons), directed by Francesca Archibugi, will also make its first Asian Premiere at the festival. A story about two young Italian losers who travel to India and meet a disillusioned French doctor, it deals with a spectrum of sociological issues.
World-renowned and award winning filmmakers Michelle and Howard Hall are here to present their film "Deep Sea’. This beautifully shot film takes you face-to-face with some of the most mysterious and stunning creatures of the sea and the impact that global climate change has on the ocean wilderness.
The eighth day of the festival will celebrate "Charlie Chaplin Night"."Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin" and Charlie’s favourite film"The Gold Rush’, filmed in 1925 – the quintessential Chaplin/Little Tramp film. Kate Guyonvarch form Chaplin Association is here to present the rare documentary footage of Charlie Chaplin’s 1932 visit to Bali.
BALINALE’s opening night film is "Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient"(Todd McCarthy) – which will be presented by renowned Indonesian actress, Christine Hakim.
Student Workshop at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival with documentary film teacher Ananta Wijaya
Indonesian Premiere of Banjamin Gilmour’s debut film SON OF A LION, produced by Carolyn Johnson, about a young Pakistani boy in a remote tribal region who rebels against following his father into the gun-making trade.
Original footage of Chaplin’s 1932 visit to Bali, introduced by Kate Guyonvarch of the Chaplin Association, followed by Classic Charlie Chaplin Films from the 1920s: "GOLD RUSH and THE CIRCUS".
Indonesian Premiere: "GOD MADE THEM BLIND", a documentary by Richard Todd
Selected film submissions from Indonesia and Abroad
>> Download the BALINALE 2008 Program here (PDF file)