The 3rd annual BALINALE International Film Festival took place on 20 – 25 October screening 25 films from 12 countries to record audience numbers. This year the festival attracted over 3,500 spectators (a 200% increase from the previous year). BALINALE 2009 opened with the sold out screening of award winning Australian claymation film "MARY AND MAX" by director Adam Elliot and closed with a free screening of the award winning Indonesian children’s animated film "MERAIH MIMPI" by Nia Dinata. The film was introduced by award winning Indonesian actors and Friends of the
BALINALE’s Young Indonesia Film Circle educational programs are conducted by Indonesian and international professionals to promote inspired learning and create future career opportunities. This year we held five workshops and seminars free of charge to 500 fledgling filmmakers. BALINALE is committed to discovering new talent and continues to contribute to developing Indonesia’s film industry.
"INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS" (Quentin Tarantino – USA) Feature film that weaves together the infamous, oppressed, real and larger-than-life stories of WWII. Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish American soldiers to perform swift, shocking acts of retribution. Later known to their enemy as ‘the basterds,’ Raine’s squad is on a mission to take down the leaders of the Third Reich.
"MARY AND MAX" (Adam Elliot – Australia) Clayography feature film from Academy Award® winning writer/director Adam Elliot. A journey of friendship spanning 20 years and 2 continents between two pen-pals from very different backgrounds: Mary Dinkle a chubby lonely 8-year-old from Melbourne, Australia; and Max Horovitz a severely obese, 44-year-old Jewish man from New York City. (2009 Sundance Film Festival Opening Night Selection).
"VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR" (Matt Tyrnauer - USA) Documentary traces the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino Garavani in the wake of his exit in 2008 from the company he founded more than 45 years ago. The film is an intimate, engaging and very funny fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy’s richest and most famous men. The film documents the colourful and dramatic closing act of Valentino.
"DRUPADI" (Riri Riza - Indonesia) Film adaptation of the classic Mahabharata written by Laila S. Chudori, the story tells of the dynastic struggle for the Hastinapura throne when one fateful night Yudistira gambles away all his wealth, including Drupadi, the daughter of King Drupada of Panchala, born from fire, she was the most beautiful and desirable woman of that time.
As many as 69 Short, Features and Documentary Films were submitted to the festival.