Screening: Opera Jawa

We are very excited to start 2017 with one of the best Indonesian film. Opera Jawa was one of seven films commissioned by New Crowned Hope Festival Vienna 2006, celebrating the 250th birthday of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The filmmakers were challenged to draw their inspiration from themes in Mozart’s late works: “magic and transformation, truth and reconciliation, and ceremonies for the dead.” Garin Nugroho sets the theme of requiem –Ceremonies for the dead – in the uniquely Indonesian context of Javanese dance opera, blending visual arts, music, dance and cinema to tell a modern variation on an old and familiar tale. (http://globalfilm.org/guides/opera_jawa_DG.pdf).

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