MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS
by Mouly Surya
In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, Marlina, a young widow, is attacked and robbed for her cattle. To defend herself, she kills several men of the gang. Seeking justice, she goes on a journey for empowerment and redemption. But the road is long especially when the ghost of her headless victim begins to haunt her.
IFC Center, NYC June 22,
Country: Indonesia, France,Malaysia, Thailand
Dialect from Sumba
Director of Photography :
Marsha TIMOTHY as Marlina
Dea PANENDRA as Novi
Egi FEDLY as Markus
Yoga PRATAMA as Franz
Anggun PRIAMBODO as Ian
A revenge fantasy rooted in Indonesia’s gender conditions, complex regional culture and the stark beauty of its landscapes. At once tightly controlled and simmering with righteous fury, it’s gorgeously lensed, atmospherically scored and moves inexorably toward a gratifying payoff— Maggie Lee, Variety
A thoroughly enjoyable, visually ravishing feminist Western played out in the widescreen vistas of rural Indonesia, Marlina The Murderer In Four Acts weaves basic elements into a tale worth telling splendidly accompanied by a sit-up-and-take-notice musical score. —Screen Daily
Surya seems to have the makings for a kind of feminist Western here, with Marlina fleeing across the sun-baked landscape, on horseback at one point. She is, like so many classic gunslingers, a killer by circumstance, a desperado with an honourable cause.—Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope
At once an enjoyable genre ride and a feminist arthouse story, Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts might send some heads rolling but has its own head firmly on its shoulders.—Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter
Cannes International Film Festival, Director’s Fortnight
Melbourne International Film Festival,
Toronto International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
Sitges International Film Festival
Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival
Taipei Golden Horse
Born in Jakarta in 1980, Mouly SURYA is considered one of the most promising female filmmakers in Indonesia. Surya had a degree in media and literature before studying film in Australia. She directs her first feature film in 2008, FIKSI. The film opens at Busan IFF and wins numerous awards including Best Director at JIFFEST.
Her second feature WHAT THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY TALK ABOUT LOVE (2013) screens at various film festivals including Sundance competition and Karlovy Vary. It receives TheNETPAC Award at Rotterdam.
MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS is Surya’s third film.
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