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(Bali, Indonesia) A number of 92 films from 28 countries will be screened at Balinale, short for Bali International Film Festival, for over 6 days of premiers, showings and workshops, on September 24-29 2019 at Cinemaxx’s newest box office in Sidewalk Jimbaran, Uluwatu road, Badung.

This year, Balinale will be involve films are classified into several categories that are World Premiers (9 Films), International Premiers (5 Films), and Asian Premiers (19 Films); workshops, and meet-and-greets with important figures of international film industry, Indonesian producers and directors, and many more!

Balinale is one of the longest running international film festivals in Indonesia, partnering withCinemaxx Sidewalk Jimbaran, Bali’s newest cineplex. For ticket information go Friend Passes are available limited. This 13th annual edition is a star-studded event for Indonesia’s diverse audience of film fans, gaining popularity year upon year. A record number of Indonesian film submissions were received this year, from which an excellent selection will be screened, including several Balinese productions.

Stories of youth and children receive a special focus this year with the contributing vision of Maryanne Redpath, Germany’s Berlinale curator of films in the festival’s Berlinale Spotlight Generation category. Redpath has distinguished herself in cinema by elevating films for or about children. During this year’s Berlinale, she will present some of the highly acclaimed selections featured in Berlinale.

Here are just some of the outstanding films from Balinale’s 2019 program:

Burning Cane (USA). Written and directed by Phillip Youmans, who made his first feature-length film when he was only 17 and still in high school. Now 19 and a freshman at New York University, he is the first African-American and youngest director to have a film accepted at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Founders Prize as the Best U.S. Narrative Feature and Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature Film. Set in Youman’s native rural Louisiana, Burning Cane focuses on the story of an aging woman struggling with her religious convictions and her love of an alcoholic son.

Youmans was recently featured in an interview on CNN Amanpour and has also been nominated for two awards at The Seattle International Film Festival which takes place immediately after the Bali Film Festival.

Burning (South Korea). Directed by Lee Chang-dong, who made his first appearance at the Balinale in 2010 when he showcased his directorial work entitled Poetry.

His most recent production, Burning, a multilayered story of mystery and intrigue, presents a young aspiring writer (Jeon Jong-seo) enlisting a childhood friend (Yoo Ah-in) to care for his cat while he is on a trip to Africa. On his return, she introduces the cat’s owner to an enigmatic man, (Steven Yuen), who reveals a secret and mysterious hobby.

Kado (Indonesia) by Aditya Ahmad – A short film that won the Best Film Award at the Venice International Film Festival 2018 and high praise at Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2018, Valdivostok’s Pacific Meridian International Film 2018, and at Sundance Film Festival. The film will be presented in person by director Aditya Ahmad.

Perburuan (Indonesia) by Richard Oh – Six months after PETA failed to fight Nippon, Hardo returns to his village in Blora. In a chase one day and a night before Indonesia’s declaration of independence, a drama of struggle is revealed. The betrayal of Hardo fiance’s father is juxtaposed with the betrayal of his best friend Karmin; the resistance of Dipo and Kartiman is juxtaposed with Hardo’s resistance; the cruelty of the war and the ego of the invaders, a shidokan of Nippon
juxtaposed with the deterioration of victims of Hardo and Ningsih’s father.

Le Chocolat de H (Japan) by Takashi Watanabe. World-renowned chocolatier and pâtissier Hirohiro Higuchi Wa searches for Japanese ingredients and techniques to create what will indisputably become the best chocolate, and ultimately winner for the fifth consecutive year of the “Gold Tablet” – the highest accolade given at the largest chocolate exhibition “Salon du Chocolat” held annually in Paris, France. The quest culminates at the “Salon du Chocolat 2018” where chef Higuchi reveals all of his new chocolate creations for the first time.

Skin (USA) by Guy Nattiv won, among amazing prizes, the Academy Award in 2018 for Best Live Action Short Film. It tells the story of a simple smile escalating into horrific racial warfare, this extraordinarily powerful visual narrative was immediately picked up by a studio and made into the critically-acclaimed feature length film of the same name. Skin is a daring and provocative  work that, as a Balinale selection, exemplifies the festival’s courage and conviction to bring to film audiences that challenge their beliefs and expose the current discourse in society.

Balinale 2019 is made possible by its Founding Partner Bali Film Center, and the generous support of Official Venue Partner CINEMAXX located at the Sidewalk Jimbaran, Industry Affiliates; GFS Indonesia, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Walt Disney Company, numerous media partners including CNN Indonesia and major hotel partner – Golden Tulip, Puri Bhagawan, and SwissBelresort Watu Jimbar, Sanur.

A list of some of the leading members of the film industry expected in Bali can be found at the following link:

For more information contact:
Bali Film Center
Telephone: (+62) 361 270 908
Bali International Film Festival Website

About Bali Film Center (BFC)

Bali Film Center is a pioneering private company that has been providing professional legal, location, and logistical support to Indonesian-made films since 2002. A member of the Location Managers Guild International and the ATA Carnet Film Organization. BFC is also a founding member of Asian Film Commissions – a network of 18 countries that acts as a consulting organization for the annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards. BFC has played a key supporting role in a number of leading blockbusters including, among others, Sony Corporation’s “Eat Pray Love” (2010) starring Julia Roberts and Javier Barden; and the Oliver Stone’s production of “Savages” (2012) starring Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, and Emile Hirsch.

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