The Indonesian horror thriller Death Knotwill 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.