a LifeLike Pictures Production
Hans, a young man from Serui, Papua, has a dream of becoming a professional football player. Yet fate has a different agenda, when Hans almost loses his will to live he meets Mak, owner of a humble Minangnese restaurant (lapau). In the midst of their differences, Hans and Mak find their similarities. Dreams and the passion for living are once more ignited in Hans through food and cooking—food is the goodwill that unites them.
Behind the Scenes
There’s a thought behind every chair, window, pot, plate and everything else you see on screen. The director has a vision, a visual concept of a look, which he discusses with the Art Director, who then translates it in...
Portraying other people is the job of an actor. Portraying people with a background different from theirs, speaking a language that is foreign to them—all of that must be delivered naturally by the actors on screen. Th...
Adzan Tri Budiman, or more familiarly known as Chef Adzan, spent years working for the Hyatt Hotel group before establishing himself as a café and restaurant consultant and opening his own restaurants. Reno Andam Suri,...
Dewi Irawan is the third daughter of actor couple Ade Irawan and the late Bambang Irawan (1932-1979). Out of Bambang Irawan’s five children, only two stepped into the film industry—Dewi and her younger sister Ria Irawan. Under the care of her father, Dewi has always been familiar with acting, having acquainted with it ever since she was in kindergarten. However, acting wasn’t the only thing that she was interested in; she was proficient in some traditional dances and also in sports, before she was then started to become known because of her role in Belai Kasih (1973).
Through Chaerul Umam’s 1982 film Titian Serambut Dibelah Tujuh, Dewi earned an FFI (Indonesian Film Festival) Best Lead Actress nomination in 1983. Yet it was her role in Sang Penari 28 years later that got her the trophy, this time in the Supporting Actress category.
This cheery 21 year-old youth was born in the picturesque highlands of Wamena, Papua. When he was in High School, he was active in its radio programs as an announcer and performer in radio dramas related to HIV and AIDS—issues very close to life in the Papuan province. Jimmy realized about how important it was to raise people’s awareness about those issues, thus throughout High School he spent his spare time as a peer educator, helping out in counseling the public about HIV and AIDS. In 2010, Jimmy became a member of the Badan SAR Nasional (National Search and Rescue Agency) as a rescuer and in 2012 through a gruesome three-month training made it to Basarnas Special Group in Jakarta.
While he was still living in Wamena, Jimmy was involved in the production of the feature film Cinta Dari Wamena, where he got introduced to the film industry. He was a natural in front of the camera, which eventually lead his being given a small part in the film. Tabula Rasa will be his feature film debut as a leading actor.
More known with the nickname Ozzol among his peers, Ramdan’s face is familiar to most audience because of his roles in two popular sitcoms—Bajaj Baru Bajuri and Suami-Suami Takut Istri. Ramdan realized about his interest in acting at quite a young age, during High School he was active in theaters and cabaret and eventually joined the Bandung Theater group in 1998. For the next two years he coached High School students in theater and cabaret extracurricular activities. Ever since, he has starred in several TV movies and TV series, from action to comedy, and also a few feature films.
Born in Ujung Pandang on the 4th of July 1962, Yayu Unru first gained his acting chops through the Jakarta Institute of Arts, where he still teaches as a lecturer in the department of theater. Since 1987, Yayu has been a part of a theater mime group dubbed Didi Sena Mime, established by veterans Didi Petet and the late Sena Utoyo. As a mime artist, he has performed in many mime festivals in Europe.
Presently, Yayu is active as a film and theater actor, lecturer and also as an acting coach. This Makassar-born seasoned actor readily welcomes the challenge of portraying a Minangnese cook in Tabula Rasa.
Sheila Timothy spent years of her life in the advertising and music business. She is also on the board of PT. Remaco, a recording company that was founded by her late father Eugene Timothy in the seventies. In 2008 she found a new passion in filmmaking and produced Joko Anwar’s Pintu Terlarang (Forbidden Door) with her newly-established film company, LifeLike Pictures. The film went on to win best film in Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PIFAN) in 2009.
Acknowledging the difficulties faced by new talents to be discovered, in 2011 she organized the Fantastic Indonesian Short Film Competition (FISFiC) in a bid to find new and talented filmmakers in the country.
In 2012 she produced her second feature film, Modus Anomali, written and directed by Joko Anwar. The film premiered at South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in March 2012 and was released in Indonesia the next month. A domestic and international success, Modus Anomali was distributed in Germany, France, Benelux, Turkey and the US.
Currently she is working on her third feature, Tabula Rasa, a family drama exploring the anthropology of food and how it interconnects different people and relationships , directed by Adriyanto Dewo, planned to be released in 2014.
Entering the Jakarta Institute of Arts fresh off high school, Adri was initially interested in animation as he often draws. Yet a week into his studies in animation, an encounter with Vittorio De Sica’s 1948 classic The Bicycle Thief built a resolute aspiration in him—to become a film director.
In 2008 he directed his graduation project—a black-and-white short titled The Storyteller. In 2010, while working as a crew in a feature film production in Hong Kong, he was given access to a 35mm film camera to shoot his next short film, Nyanyian para Pejuang Sunyi (Song of the Silent Heroes). The film went on to be screened in several film festivals, both in and outside Indonesia, and the next year it brought him the Best Director award at the 6th Indonesian Film Festival in Melbourne, Australia. In 2012, he directed two short films, each as a part of an omnibus. The first one was Pasar Setan (Ghost Market), a part of Hi5teria, and Menunggu Warna (Waiting for Colors) of Sanubari Jakarta (Jakarta Deep Down). Adri knows his way around the kitchen and the themes of food and nostalgia come as natural for him, “This film feels like having a taste of your favorite childhood meal once again, brimming with a harmony of nostalgia and memories that crossed our minds when we had that first bite.”
Tabula Rasa will be his first feature film.
A year after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Bandung Institute of Technology, Tumpal wrote his first ever screenplay titled The Last Believer, which won the Jakarta International Film Festival (Jiffest) Script Development Competition for Best Short Fiction category. This first-hand filmmaking experience proved to be the start of a memorable ride, as he went on to be selected as one of five filmmakers to attend the Asian Young Filmmakers Forum, a filmmaker-in-residence program in Jeonju, South Korea. During his year-long stay there, he made the short film Drum Lesson, which was then screened in a number of film festivals in Asia. In 2009, he participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin, and the year after that he was selected to attend the prestigious Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea. Tumpal was also one of the nine directors that participated in the 2011 omnibus film Belkibolang, which has been screened in various international film festivals such as the Rotterdam International Film Festival and Hong Kong International Film Festival, among others.
Tabula Rasa will be his third feature film as a writer.
Ever since Vino starred in his first ever feature film 30 Hari Mencari Cinta (30 Days Looking for Love) eleven years ago, he has certainly become one of the most recognizable faces in the Indonesian entertainment scene. The fourth son of the renowned writer Bastian Tito, Vino has always felt close to films as he has loved to watch them ever since childhood. To date, Vino has starred in 18 feature films, 3 TV series and numerous TV movies. He has also been trusted as a brand ambassador by several companies throughout the years. In 2008 his performance as a youth struggling to fight his addiction to drugs and turn his life around won him the best actor award from the Indonesian Film Festival (FFI).
Possessing an undeniable charm, Vino has one of the most loyal fanbases in the country. His admirers initiated a community they dubbed VGB Friends, which grew to exist in many cities outside Jakarta. Tabula Rasa will be the first film where Vino stays behind the camera, as an associate producer. He welcomes the challenge of stepping outside of his comfort zone as he believes in process, that a film is a work that showcases the characters and histories of its makers.
After graduating from the University of Indonesia with a degree in Social Politics, Sari—better known to her peers as Ai—worked in the field of environment and renewable energy for six years, until the movies tapped her on the shoulders. In the years 1998 and 1999, Ai got the chance to have a taste in the film industry by being a part of several TV programs and Nan Achnas’s award-winning feature film Pasir Berbisik (Whispering Sands). Two years after, she became the line producer of Achnas’s third film, Bendera (Flag). Finding magic in movies that synergizes with trust and opportunity, Ai fell in love with her profession and ever since, there was no turning back.
Apart from being a line producer, Ai is also known for her role in the Jakarta International Film Festival (Jiffest), having involved in 9 out of its 12 events, and other film festivals in town. Since 2001, Ai has been working as a line producer in 14 feature films and Tabula Rasa will be her 15th.
Lia's career as a cinematographer had quite an unusual beginning--her mother forced her into it. Having preconceptions about the career of a cameraman, Lia's mother left her no option but to study at the Jakarta Institute of Arts, which turned out to be the only right decision—it brought out her natural talent and let her gain her skills.
As she was studying in an arts school, she got involved in the many independent productions of her senior classmates. As an assistant camera, Lia has worked in tens of film productions, including Babi Buta yang Ingin Terbang (Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly) and Kebun Binatang (Postcards from the Zoo), which competed in the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012. Naming Ellen Kuras and Victorio Storaro as her inspirations, as a Director of Photography she has now worked in two anthology films and three feature films. Tabula Rasa will be her fourth.
Having always been in love with the movies, Meirina was eager to enroll in the Jakarta Institute of Arts when she finished High School, yet in the end she studied Advertising in the London School of Public Relations. With a Bachelor's Degree in the bag, she was determined to work in the movies and was first introduced to the industry by being in the production of CINTA DARI WAMENA. There, she juggled the tasks of a PA, Data Camera Manager, Clapper, and also the Production Manager in Jakarta.
An avid traveler, Meirina went through a life-changing experience when she traveled around all 33 provinces of Indonesia in 2012 for five months, as the Floor Director of Cerdas Cermat MPR RI, an educational quiz program on TVRI. Initially aspiring to be a director, she now finds herself at home as a casting director. Ever since she worked as one in the film Arisan! 2 (2011), she realized her talent in spotting characters in people--a talent she continues to hone and share.
In 2013 Meirina produced a short titled Mati di Ibukota Mahal (Expensive Death in Capital City). Tabula Rasa will be her third feature film as a casting director.
Editing a movie is a challenge Dinda loves to take on. Like putting together a cluster of puzzle pieces, this Jakarta Institute of Arts graduate finds editing to be incredibly challenging and fascinating. Her first experience was an old-fashioned analog film editing—a senior’s project on a 16 mm film. Ever since, she has worked on many feature films as an assistant editor, and as an editor she has worked on numerous TV series, TV commercials and last year she also worked on a documentary, Symphonic Tales of Indonesia. Her work in Catatan (Harian) Si Boy won her the FFI (Indonesian Film Festival) Award for Best Editor in 2011.
In addition to being a film editor, perhaps some people might know that Dinda is also an accomplished musician, currently preparing her sophomore album. She is a producer, composer, arranger, music director, guitarist and vocalist and has worked on several indie artists’ records. Her own record, The Journey Called A, was released under the name Amanda & Friends in 2012 and one of its tracks was nominated for Best R&B/Hip-Hop song at the 2013 AMI (Indonesian Music Awards).
Tabula Rasa will be her third feature film as an editor.
When Indra entered middle school at the age of 12, he joined the Mandarava Corps Marching Band as a baritone horn player and has never left music since then. He started his studies in Institut Musik Daya Indonesia (IMDI) in 2001 and graduated in 2006 with a Master’s Degree. Majoring in double bass, his roots lie in jazz music and he has been the bassist of the jazz quartet Tomorrow People Ensemble since its founding in 2005. A year after he graduated from IMDI, he went to study film scoring in UCLA Extension in Los Angeles, where he got to learn from various notable film composers.
After coming back home to Jakarta in 2009, Indra taught in his former alma mater for a year and has been involved in numerous projects of many musicians, including Indra Lesmana, Jamie Aditya, Anda Perdana, Andien, Titi Sjuman Folk Jazz Project, Aksan Sjuman & the Committee of the Fest, and many others. Indra has worked as an arranger and orchestrator in a number of feature films, most of which were with Aksan Sjuman. Tabula Rasa will be his debut work as a music director in a feature film.
Selected filmography (as arranger, orchestrator and additional music):
After graduating from the Jakarta Institute of Arts in the early 90’s, Iqbal has worked as an art director for more than a decade. Known to be an exceptionally private person, this adventurous nature lover has traveled to many parts of the country to feed his passion for mountaineering. His latest work in Belenggu won him the award for Best Art Director at the 2013 FFI (Indonesian Film Festival) Award.
Iqbal is currently working on Tabula Rasa.
In the early 90’s, commercial broadcasting has just started in Indonesia. Seeing a future in television, Adit decided to enroll in Jakarta Institute of Arts, majoring in sound design in the hopes of getting a job in television. Yet in the end he found his passion in films. Growing up around his HiFi-enthusiast father and a brother that’s hooked on electro physics, it was not unusual for him to get acquainted to the world of audio.
Like all other students in the Jakarta Institute of Arts, Adit first got introduced to working in films by getting involved in his senior classmates’ projects. After that he jumped into the film industry while still studying, doing various works in the sound department. His first experience in the industry couldn’t be more trying—it was in 1993, when the national film industry was at a standstill. In 2000, Adit got his first gig as a sound designer in Petulangan Sherina (Sherina’s Adventure). Fourteen years later he still feels the same excitement in his work, and always feels challenged to do something that’s out of expectation.
Starting out as a bassist in a rock band, Ichsan has never been away from music since an early age. From the time of high school, he often got involved in several live music shows as a sound engineer. Already familiar with the inner works of audio, he enrolled in the Jakarta Institute of Arts to study sound design somewhat out of curiosity, to learn the difference between the sound in music and film.
Six years after his first work as a sound recordist in Mereka Bilang, Saya Monyet! (They Say I’m a Monkey!), Ichsan still finds his job incredibly exciting. Not only is he challenged to record clear, usable sounds but he also has to make sure they are as real as they can possibly be. Ichsan was involved in several international productions, including Kinks, V/H/S/2 and The Raid 2, and is actively working in feature films, documentaries and TV commercials.
Majoring in Economics at the Atma Jaya University, Titis had no idea at the time that he would be ever so immersed in the film business. Yet starting in 2008 when he became a publicity staff for two feature films, he made his way into the industry and never left ever since. In 2009 along with two of his friends, he established FLICK magazine—the country’s first online film website and digital magazine. In addition to that, he is also the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Movieholic Production, a production house focusing on the production and distribution of videos online. His passion for films and his portfolio concerning his work at that time lead him to become a finalist at the 2011 International Young Creative Entrepreneur (IYCE), a competition held annually by British Council Indonesia. Aware of how much in need publicity and marketing is in the Indonesian film industry, Titis stays active in those activities, which are often overlooked. He spots this opportunity and aims to help Indonesian films gain more publicity in the bigger market, even international market.
An aspiring filmmaker, Titis has produced a short film titled TAKSI which won FISFiC (Fantastic Indonesian Short Film Competition), a short film competition initiated by LifeLike Pictures and screened at INAFFF in 2011. TAKSI was also selected to represent Indonesia at the 2012 PiFan (Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival) in South Korea. Before joining Tabula Rasa, Titis was also involved in the promotional and social media activities of the 2013 feature film Finding Srimulat and also produced a Jamaican-Indonesian collaborative documentary effort, showcasing reggae music in Indonesia, which is to be released in mid 2014.
Cika Landis was born as Siska Rianda in August 8th, 1986. Driven by her love of painting, she studied Fine Arts at the Jakarta Institute of Arts, while also minoring in Make-Up. She finished her graduation project being in charge of both make-up and wardrobe in 2009. Her first taste of working in wardrobe in the film industry was in Merah Itu Cinta (2006), as an assistant to the wardrobe department head. Being able to travel and meet a lot of new people made her stay in the film industry, often times heading both the make-up and wardrobe departments.
Cika’s paintings are often described as naïve and to this day, she still paints, whether commissioned or as a hobby. Not only does she love painting on canvas, but she is also a big fan of tattoos, having twelve of them on her. Since 2010 she has also been the vocalist of an indie jazz-reggae band Alaska-Q, who just released their first album. In addition to that, she is actively working in films and commercials as both a make-up and wardrobe artist.
Tabula Rasa is her first film project in wardrobe in 2014.
Born in Cirebon and raised in Jakarta, Didin Syamsuddin’s introduction to the film industry was not as a make-up artist, but as an extra in three feature films back in 1972. After those brief stints in the acting department, he worked here and there in the industry until he then studied as a make-up artist under Hari Hendrawan, assisting him in Bandung. His first film was Teguh Karya’s Perkawinan Dalam Semusim (Marriage in a Season) in 1976. But it was an encounter in 1980 when he first worked with Indonesian horror queen Suzanna that dictated most of his career. He worked with Suzanna for almost all of her films ever since.
Now 61 years old, Didin has spent more than half his life as a make-up artist and has worked in 116 feature films, and numerous TV series.
Tabula Rasa is his third work with LifeLike Pictures.