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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Opera Jawa: Asia Society, May 20, 2007

This one might have slipped by some of the NYC film buffs: Opera Jawa, the acclaimed 2006 film from Indonesian director Garin Negroho, is screening tomorrow night at the Asia Society at 7 pm. I recently caught Negroho's previous film Of Love and Eggs, and he's definitely a stylist to watch, though I haven't got the measure of him yet. Opera Jawa was part of Peter Sellars' New Crowned Hope series, which premiered at Venice 2006.

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Blogger Daniel said...

Glad to see the new blog Dan. I wasn't aware of this screening and it has only added complications to a Sunday where I have to somehow juggle seeing Fuller's PARK ROW at Museum of the Moving Image and Garrel's WILD INNOCENCE at BAM on the same day.

May 19, 2007 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger Frederick said...

I'll be curious to hear what you think of this. I saw it in Rotterdam and found it tedious and kind of hard to sit through. I wanted so much to like it: an Indonesian musical and Olaf Möller was raving about it. But it came off as (slightly) more exotic Julie Taymor. A total snooze.

May 19, 2007 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger alsolikelife said...

hope you see it Dan. Caught it in Pusan - one of my favorites of last year.

May 19, 2007 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger Noel Vera said...

I've seen two earlier films--A Poet and Leaf on a Pillow. I like them both, both're different stylistically and substantially. He's a filmmaker to watch, definitely.

May 20, 2007 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger Dan Sallitt said...

I'm in the pro-Negroho camp, even though I didn't feel a lot of cumulative effect from the film. It was almost like a demonstration of Negroho's filmmaking toolkit, and I found it super-impressive in that regard: it looked gorgeous, had a sense of rhythm and event that could absorb odd decisions, conveyed a strong sense of location, and really did a lot with color. If I never really connected with the overall mission statement, I guess that's not so surprising, given what I know about Javanese mythologies and art traditions. But I'll see anything else the guy manages to get shown here.

May 20, 2007 at 11:35 PM  

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