Sat, 11 Nov 2000

What's on at JiFFest this Sunday

Dawn of Islam (TIM 1, 4:55 p.m.)

This film starts by depicting the life, style and ways of life in pre-Islamic days. How illiteracy, superstition, tyranny, injustice and barbarism prevailed and darkness covered society. It is a story about the tribe of Al-Harris (80 minutes).

Fast Cheap and Out of Control (TIM 1, 7:05 p.m.)

The film interweaves the stories of four obsessive men, each driven to create eccentric worlds of their dreams, all involving animals (82 minutes).

Luna Papa (TIM 2, 5:35 p.m.)

This is a humorous fairy-tale story about love. In a small village near Samarkand lives the eccentric Bekmuradova family, Mamlakat (17), her father Safar and her brother Nasreddin, who went mad in the Afghan war. This desolate corner of the world is filled with dark figures. The only ones to maintain law and order are a couple of ex-soldiers who drive around in an old tank (107 minutes).

Seventeen Years (TIM 2, 7:45 p.m.)

Inspired by the real life story of a young girl who accidentally kills her step-sister. This is a story about guilt and redemption (100 minutes).

Three Seasons (Jakarta Theater, 5:30 p.m.)

In the early hours of the New Vietnam, four strangers in Saigon find themselves suddenly expatriates in their own country, passed over by the "improvements" of Western progress (108 minutes).

The Cup (Jakarta Theater, 7:45 p.m.)

This is the first full-length film to be shot in Bhutan, a tiny nation in the eastern Himalayas. At a monastery nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas in remote but visually stunning Bhutan, young Tibetan monks are feverish with anticipation. Are they awaiting the arrival of the Dalai Lama?. (93 minutes)

Taste of Cherry (Usmar Ismail Film Center, 5 p.m.)

Mr. Badii is searching for someone to help him end his life. After looking everywhere for a willing accomplice, he finally strikes a deal with a museum guard who is puzzled at Mr. Badii's desperation (98 minutes).

Silence of the Palace (Usmar Ismail Film Center, 7:15 p.m.)

Twenty-five-year-old Alia visits the palace where she spent her early years. Images of her youth return, such as her friendship with Sarra, daughter of one the princes, who taught Alia to love the lute. The film delicately reveals the lonely lives of the palace women, locked up for life in an Arab palace, half slave, half mistress (127 minutes).

Mother Dao the Turtlelike (Erasmus Huis, 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m.) According to a legend of the inhabitants of the Island of Nias, which lies to the west of Sumatra, the earth was created by Mother Dao. She collected dirt from her body that she kneaded into a ball on her knee. That was the world. She then became pregnant without a man and gave birth to a girl and boy. They were the first people (90 minutes).