Indonesia – Singapore
Director: Djenar Maesa Ayu, Kan Lume
Language: Original Version – Catalan Subtitles
Genre : Documentary, Drama
hUSh starring Cinta Ramlan tells the story of an aspiring singer from Bali who travels to Jakarta to find success. There she finds the trapping of success: ambitious and insincere boyfriends, materialistic impulses, fast friendhips, sexual encounters. When a breakup causes her extreme heartache, she decides to travel back home to take refuge. Her journey home becomes the foundation for a discussion about all things pertaining to women’s issues.
Djenar Maesa Ayu Mother of two daughters, Banyu Bening, Bidari Maharani and grandmother to Embun Kinnara, Djenar was born in Jakarta, 14 January 1973. She has so far published four collections of short stories: “They Say I’m A Monkey”, “Don’t Play Around (with your sex)”, “Short Stories About Stories About Brief Love”, “One Woman 14 Men”, “T(w)ITIT!”, “SAIA” and a novel, “Nayla”. Her short story, “Suckling Father” won the best short story award from Jurnal Perempuan in 2003, whereas “Nayla’s Time” won the best short story award from Kompas in the same year. Aside from writing, Djenar has also written and directed “They Say I’m A Monkey!” (2008) and “SAIA” (2009). She and Indra Herlambang won Best Adaptation Screen Award and got a Special Mention for Best New Director from Indonesian Film Festival 2009. Djenar’s third film, “Nay”, was released in November 2015. It won the Best Asian Film award from Jogja NETPAC Asian Film Festival in December 2015. Her fourth film “hUSh”, is a collaboration with Singapore’s filmmaker, Kan Lumé, under the flagship of Rumah Karya Sjuman & Chapter Free production houses. “hUSh” is nominated for Best Asian Feature Film in Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016.
Kan Lume: Kan Lumé’s debut feature film, “The Art of Flirting” won Best ASEAN Feature at Malaysian Video Awards 2005. The second feature, “Solos” won the Best Newcomer Award at Toronto GLBT Film Festival. The third film, “Dreams from the third World” received the MovieMax Award at Cinema Digital Seoul 2008. “Liberta” picked up Special Mention at Cinema Digital Seoul 2012 and the NETPAC Award at Tripoli Film festival 2013. “The naked DJ” earned Kan his second NETPAC award for Best Asian Film at Jogja Netpac Asian Film Festival 2014. His ninth film “hUSh”, is a collaboration with Indonesian’s filmmaker, Djenar Maesa Ayu, under the flagship of Rumah Karya Sjuman & Chapter Free production houses. “hUSh” is nominated for Best Asian Feature Film in Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016.
Festivals and Awards
2016: Best Asian Feature Film, Jogga –NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016
Thursday 8th Nov