Producers of EAT PRAY LOVE at Balinale Closing Ceremony 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.

    • PROFESSIONAL ACTING with Didi Petet
      One of the nation’s finest actors whose work includes " JERMAL, KABAYAN, CATATAN SI BOY and PETUALANGAN SHERINA," Didi Petet conducted a three day intensive workshop that put students through the rigors of voice, pacing, movement and dialogue.
    • HOW TO DEVELOP A SCREENPLAY with Davina Belling
      Davina Belling has co-produced numerous films over her 38 years including Norman Jewison’s "OTHER PEOPLE’S MONEY" and Franco Zeffirelli’s "TEA WITH MUSSOLINI." ‘A writer must be someone who has a willingness to study people and to translate emotion to the page’, says Davina Belling.
      How to pitch it, how to sell it - the business of writing for the screen. Davina Belling is founder of Film and General. The company most recently won the BAFTA award for Best Children’s Drama with "THE GIBLET BOYS."
      Award winning script writer of "LASKAR PELANGI" and director of "PASANGAN BARU", shares his experiences, struggles and successes of filmmaking.
      In conjunction with Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, the workshop focused on developing strong, interesting and memorable characters.



    • Press Conference (Sahid Jaya, Jakarta) with Festival Chairperson Rima Melati, Friend of the Festival Didi Petet, Festival Director Deborah Gabinetti and Salman Aristo.
    • Exclusive Welcome Dinner at the Four Seasons Resort, Jimbaran
    • ‘Standing room only’ Opening Night After Party held at Planet Hollywood
    • Gala Closing Night Party and Awards Presentation at AYANA Resort and Spa



    "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.

    Audience Choice Award Winners

    As many as 69 Short, Features and Documentary Films were submitted to the festival.

    • Best Documentary
      "STILL BILL" (Damani Baker and Alex Vlack) USA
    • Best Feature Film
      "TOKYO SONATA" (Kiyoshi Kurosawa) Japan
    • Best Short Film
      "DARAH DAN DUPA" (Carl Valiquet) Indonesia
    • Best Overall Film
      "STILL BILL" (Damani Baker and Alex Vlack) USA


    Balinese Priests at the Festival OpeningBali Taksu Film Festival (now called BALINALE International Film Festival) is launch on 30 November - 4 December 2007. Established by Bali Taksu Indonesia Foundation, the festival provides an opportunity for international filmmakers to screen films to an Indonesian market while giving Indonesian film professionals an international forum in which to present their work. Founded by Christine Hakim, Indonesia’s most acclaimed and internationally recognized film actress and Deborah Gabinetti, director of Bali Film Center, the festival exposes the country’s unique culture, rich story ideas, and diverse locations to the international filmmaking community for consideration of possible future projects.

    Salman Aristo presenting certificateEndorsed by Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Bali Governor’s Office, Regency of Badung and Bali Tourism Board. The festival promises to increase cultural exchange, understanding and collaboration between Indonesia and the world by presenting Indonesian films to a global audience and attracting internationally recognizable films and filmmakers to the island for possible future projects.

    An important part of the festival’s educational program is supporting free workshops and seminars through the Young Indonesian Film Circle, offering Indonesian students and young filmmakers an opportunity to learn from established industry professionals. The festival provides filmmaking workshops and seminars and participates in film festivals in Indonesia and abroad. This year Film Educational Program includes a Creative Writing Workshop with Salman Aristo, Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Jean-Pierre Dutilleux, Emmy nominated filmmaker Les Guthman and Indonesia"s award winning director Garin Nugroho plus noted Indonesian actress/producer and festival co-founder Christine Hakim contributing to the first workshop.

    Jean-Pierre Dutilleux, Deborah Gabinetti and Lawrence BlairThe film program highlights included the premiere of The 11th Hour documentary film, created, produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio, Miguel Covarrubias’ original 1930"s film ’Isle of Bali’, World Premiere of "The Rites of Peace"(Directed and co-written by Marcus Sean McBain, Narrated and co-written by Dr Lawrence Blair, Produced by Mark Tuck and Lucien Thynne) plus the sold out Indonesian Premiere of " The Red Kebaya" (L’Agenda Productions, Malaysia) with the filmmaker Andre Berly attending. Director Richard Oh presented his film “Koper” to a full house and young producer/director Alison Teal Blehert-Koehn for ‘Rita-a True Himalayan Adventure. In addition, there will be a number of environmentally themed films to coincide with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held on Bali (3-16 December) where there will be a screening of short films from the Student Workshop.

    Beginning in the early 1930’s, the exotic island of Bali has attracted trendsetters and filmmakers inspired by Bali’s spirituality, romance and adventure. Bali’s rich film history includes; Andre Roosevelt’s "Goona Goona" (1932), Constance Bennet and husband Henri de la Falaise’s "Legong: Dance of the Virgins" (1935) the last silent film produced by a major Hollywood studio (Paramount International) and anthropological films like Margaret Mead’s "Trance and Dance in Bali", (1952).


    Stan Wlodkowski and Christine HakimNow 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"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.

    Michelle and Howard Hall 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.


    Friday, 10 to Friday, 17 October – Student Filmmaking Workshop

    Student Workshop at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival with documentary film teacher Ananta Wijaya

    Tuesday, 21 October – Festival Opening Day
    • Children’s Matinee Film Opening
      Films of Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren’s stories will be shown in Daily Matinee Sessions from 21 to 25 October.
    • Opening Night Party
      Red Carpet welcome & Cocktail Party
      Showing of award winning "MAN OF CINEMA – PIERRE RISSIENT "by Todd McCarthy
    Wednesday, 22 October - Premieres of New Cutting Edge Films

    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.

    Thursday, 23 October - Charlie Chaplin Night

    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".

    Friday, 24 October – Documentary Premieres

    Indonesian Premiere: "GOD MADE THEM BLIND", a documentary by Richard Todd

    Saturday, 25 October – Family Program
    • Selected International Feature Films and Exceptional Indonesian Independent Film-makers connecting people – excellent family entertainment.
    • Cocktail Party & Presentation of "VLAJE DE LA NONA" (NONA’S TRIP) by Mexican Director Sebastian Silva.
    Sunday, 26 October - New Zealand Film Education Expo
    • Basic Still Photography Workshop by Syamsul – day 1
    Monday, 27 October - Sport Movies
    • Basic Still Photography Workshop by Syamsul – day 2
    • Documentary Filmmaking Workshop "The Power of One" with filmmakers Catherine Madigan and Richard Todd
    • "INTO THE TSANGPO GORGE" by Les Guthman plus a number of other international sports features and documentaries.
    Tuesday, 28 October - Short Films

    Selected film submissions from Indonesia and Abroad

    • Basic Photo Journalism Workshop by Syamsul Hadi – day 1
    • Filmmakers Dinner at Casa Luna (by Invitation only)
    Wednesday, 29 October - Documentary Films
    • Basic Photo Journalism Workshop by Syamsul Hadi – day 2
    • Documentary Film Showing: Selected submissions from Indonesia and Abroad
    Thursday, 30 October - Films & Panel Discussions
    • "Why Hollywood is Looking East" with producer Stan Wlodkowski ("EAT PRAY LOVE"), producer Philip Lee ("CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON") and composer Richard Horowitz



    Eat, Pray, Love

    Ryan Murphy - USA/Italy/India/Indonesia 2010

    Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) had everything a modern woman is supposed to dream of having a husband, a house, a successful career yet like so many others, she found herself lost, confused, and searching for what she really wanted in life. Newly divorced and at a crossroads, Gilbert steps out of her comfort zone, risking everything to change her life, embarking on a journey around the world that becomes a quest for self discovery. In her travels, she discovers the true pleasure of nourishment by eating in Italy,; the power of prayer in India, and, finally and unexpectedly, the inner peace and balance of true love in Bali. Based upon the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert, proves that there really is more than one way to let yourself go and see the world.


    Chang-dong Lee - South Korea 2010

    A powerful drama about a woman at the end of her life who searches for new meaning. Mija lives in a nondescript Korean town with her middle school student grandson eking out a meager living through social welfare. Soon after seeing a doctor to complain of a sore arm and forgetfulness, she enrolls in a poetry class. She takes her poetry very serious as the search for truth and beauty but the validity of this theory is questioned by the ugly truths that dawn on her.

    Animal Kingdom

    David Michôd - Australia 2010

    This riveting crime drama tells the story of seventeen year old J (Josh) as he navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. After the death of his mother, J is left to find his place among his estranged criminal family. First blood is spilt, stalemates broken, and ten sions between the family and the police erupt. Forced into a corner, J finds himself together with his hapless girlfriend in the midst of a bloody battle. With J’s world spiralling out of control.

    Made in India

    Rebecca Haimowitz & Vaishali Sinha - USA/India 2010

    Made in India is a feature length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of outsourcing surrogate mothers to India. The film shows the journey of an infertile American couple, an Indian surrogate and the reproductive outsourcing business that brings them together. Weaving together these personal stories within the context of a growing international industry, MADE IN INDIA explores a complicated clash of families in crisis, reproductive technology, and choice from a global perspective.

    Sang Pemimpi (The Dreamer)

    Riri Riza - Indonesia 2010

    Sequel to Laskar Pelangi- Belitung island, off the southeast coast of Sumatra, 1985. Three poor childhood friends - quiet Ikal (Vikri Septiawan), his orphaned cousin Arai (Rendy Ahmad) and stuttering fellow-orphan Jimbron (Azwir Fitrianto) -are now teenagers and studying at a pesantren (Islamic boarding school). The charismatic but unreliable Arai instills them all with the need to pursue their dream, and one day to study in Paris. Ikal wants his distant but loving father (Mathias Muchus) to be proud of him; Arai is determined to win the heart of snooty schoolgirl Zakia Nurmala (Maudy Ayunda); and Jimbron tries to be a devout Muslim.



    Born To Be Wild

    David Lickley - USA

    Shot in IMAX 3D, David Lickley's 40-minute documentary Born to Be Wild observes various orphaned jungle animals and their day-to-day behavioral interactions with the individuals who rescue them and raise them to adulthood. The film unfurls in two separate geographic spheres. Half of it takes place in the rain forests of Borneo, where celebrated primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas assists baby orangutans; the other half takes place on the arid savannahs of Kenya, where zoologist Dame Daphne Sheldrick works with baby elephant calves.



    Billy T: Te Movie

    Ian Mune - NZ

    The film celebrates the life of the Kiwi entertainment legend, sometime vice cop, Taranaki bandito, giggling newsreader and crooner Billy T James. The film explores Billy's extraordinary talent as musician, singer, comedian, actor, writer and artist. With humor and love, the film tells of Billy's meteoric rise to national fame and his tragic downfall into ill-health and financial collapse. Featuring digitally re-mastered footage of Billy's performances and never-seen-before archival images, Billy T's story is set alongside interviews with his family, friends and colleagues.


    Boy's Diary (Catatan Harian Si Boy)

    Putrama Tuta

    When Nuke falls ill and ends up in hospital, her daugh- ter Natasha returns home from London to look after her. Natasha finds Boy's diary gripped in the hands of her mother, who is lying near-comatose in the hospital bed. Intrigued by the diary's story of her mother's love affair with Boy, Natasha vows to find the former love interest and bring him to the hospital in the hopes he can revive her mother's will to live.



    Kinshasa Symphony

    Claus Wischmann, Martin Baer

    The Film "Kinshasa Symphony" shows how people living in one of the most chaotic cities in the world have managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever invented: a symphony orchestra. It is a film about the Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and about music.





    Roland Emmerich - UK/Germany

    A political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her.





    Life in a Day

    Kevin Macdonald – USA/Worldwide

    A documentary shot by filmmakers all over the world that serves as a time capsule to show future generations what it was like to be alive on the 24th of July, 2010.





    A true story of war,passive resistance, and the children who will never forget. In 1881 the children of Parihaka greeted the government invaders with white feathers of peace. Tatarakihi tells the story of a ‘journey of memory’ taken by a group of Parihaka children who travel to the South Island 130 years later.


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    Sunday, 12 October - Saturday, 18 October

    Balinale proudly presents 60 thought-provoking and award-winning independent, fiction, documentary, short and feature length films from 18 countries. 5 International, 21 Asian and 3 World Premieres compliment the line-up - many with the filmmaker attending. All showings are at Beachwalk Mall, Kuta - Bali located at Cinema XXI, Open Air Cinema and Children's Charity Film Program.

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