Film Movement to Bow Indonesian Silver Bear Winner ‘Before, Now & Then’ on Digital and DVD Dec. 12

Film Movement will release the Indonesian film Before, Now & Then on digital and DVD Dec. 12.

The film won a Silver Bear for Best Supporting Actress (Laura Basuki) and was nominated for Best Film at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Set amid the political violence of late-1960s Indonesia, director Kamila Andini’s Before, Now & Then follows Nana, the beautiful wife of a wealthy plantation owner whose inner life remains with her deceased first husband, murdered in the civil war a decade prior. A survivor, Nana values her safety and material comforts, but carries out a haunted existence, dreaming of her lost love. Forced to confront her husband’s blatant infidelity, Nana makes an unusual connection with his younger mistress, Ino. The two women, sharing their secrets and desires, discover a newfound freedom and intimacy withheld from them both by the strictures of patriarchal society.

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The release includes the bonus short film Following Diana also directed by Andini. In the film, one night, Diana’s husband presents her with a shocking plan to share their family with another woman.

‘Legend of Gatotkaca’ Due on Hi-Yah! Streaming Service Feb. 17, Disc and Digital March 21 From Well Go

The Indonesian action film Legend of Gatotkaca debuts exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-Yah! Feb. 17, before landing on digital, Blu-ray and DVD March 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. 

In the superhero origin story, a young man uncovers a secret prophecy that will be key to surviving the battle against an ancient evil. After witnessing the shocking murder of his best friend by a masked assassin with terrifying superpowers, Yuda stumbles upon a secret prophecy long concealed by powerful people. After unlocking dormant abilities of his own, Yuda discovers that he — an ordinary college kid with no belief in the old legends — may very well be the key to winning the upcoming battle against an ancient evil.

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Directed by award-winning filmmaker Hanung Bramantyo (Getting Married), Legend of Gatotkaca stars Rizky Nazar (Mecca I’m Coming, Bittersweet Seventeen), Yasmin Napper (Imperfect), Edward Akbar (A Man Called Ahok, Foxtrot Six), Sigi Wimala (Macabre), Yayan Ruhian (The Raid 2, The Raid: Redemption, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens) and Cecep Arif Rahman (The Raid 2, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Gundala).


Indonesian Horror Thriller ‘Death Knot’ Due on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 17 From Well Go

The Indonesian horror thriller Death Knot will debut on digital, Blu-ray and DVD Jan. 17 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

In the film, after the sudden suicide of their estranged mother, two siblings return to their hometown and are immediately confronted by angry villagers. Convinced that the woman was a devotee of a dangerous brand of black magic deemed responsible for a string of mysterious deaths over many years, the locals demand that the siblings leave and allow for the burning of their childhood home in order to rid the town of the curse. While initially skeptical, a string of strange occurrences leads the siblings to believe there may be more truth to the rumors than they ever dreamed possible.


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Lionsgate Play Streaming Service Heading to Indonesia

Starz Jan. 21 announced plans to expand into Indonesia through branded subscription streaming video service Lionsgate Play. The service is a partnership launched last month between Lionsgate India and Starz — the latter also co-owning streaming service StarzPlay Arabia.

Guntur Siboro has been hired as GM, with Gene Tamesis named VP of business development and partnerships. The two, who previously worked for now shuttered HOOQ Digital, report to Rohit Jain, managing director South Asia and networks — emerging markets Asia at Lionsgate.

With a population of 260 million, Indonesia will become the newest territory added to the Starz global footprint, which currently includes 55 countries. Lionsgate Play has distribution deals with Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel, Jio FTTH, Apple TV+ and Amazon Firestick. Lionsgate Play also develops and produces a slate of premium Indian originals.

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“Indonesia is one of the fastest growing economies with a very young and globally connected population, and it has experienced huge growth in its digital economy owing to the surge of high speed Internet,” Jain said in a statement, adding that Lionsgate Play content will also be available with Bahasa subtitles.

Starz first launched globally in 2018 with its Starzplay SVOD now available in 55 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Canada, Japan, India, the Middle East and North Africa.

Indonesian Superhero Feature ‘Gundala’ Coming to Digital and Disc July 28 From Well Go

An Indonesian comic book superhero and his alter ego enter the cinematic universe in the actioner Gundala, debuting on digital, Blu-ray and DVD July 28 from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Based on a popular comic book first published in 1969, Gundala is the first film in a proposed eight-film franchise launching a new superhero cinematic universe (in the vein of Marvel). In the origin story, Sancaka (Abimana Aryasatya) is a security guard who was struck by lightning, giving him superhuman powers and turning him into the superhero Gundala. An Indonesian orphan, Sancaka spent his life on the streets trying to attract as little attention as possible, but when greed and violence reach a fever pitch in Jakarta, it soon becomes clear that he is the people’s only hope for peace.

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Written and directed by Joko Anwar (Impetigore) and based on the comic by Harya Suraminata, Gundala stars Abimana Aryasatya (12:00 A.M.), Tara Basro (Impetigore), Bront Palarae (Belukar), Ario Bayu (Java Heat) and Lukman Sardi (Abracadabra).

Gundala had its international premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, and the release features an all-new English dub, in addition to its original subtitled soundtrack.