Autobiography

by Makbul Mubarak

Synopsis

Logline

A young man torn between loyalty and justice confronts the truth of his father figure that may destroy them both.

Synopsis

With his father in prison and his brother abroad for work, young Rakib works as the lone housekeeper in an empty mansion belonging to Purna, a retired general whose family Rakib’s clan have served for centuries in a rural Indonesian town.

After Purna returns home to start his mayoral election campaign, Rakib bonds with the older man, who becomes a close mentor and father figure, and finds his calling as Purna’s assistant in work and life. When Purna’s election poster is found vandalised one day, Rakib doesn’t hesitate to track down the culprit, kicking off an escalating chain of violence.

Specifications

Indonesia, France, Singapore, Poland, Philippines, Germany and Qatar  2022  115 mn  2.35:1  5.1  Indonesian 1st Feature Film

Written and Directed by

Makbul Mubarak

Produced by

Yulia Evina Bhara

Co-producers

Louise Bellicaud, Claire Charles-Gervais, Jeremy Chua, Malgorzata Staroń, Armi Rae Cacanindin, Nicole Gerhards, Amerta Kusuma, Robin Moran, Pinkan Veronique, Arya Sweta, Ganesya

Cast

Kevin Ardilova (Rakib)

Arswendy Bening Swara (Purna)

Yusuf Mahardika (Agus)

Lukman Sardi (Soewita)

Crew

Photography Wojciech Staroń

Production Designer Sigit D. Pratama

Editor Carlo Francisco Manatad

Composer Bani Haykal

Bio- Filmo

Makbul MUBARAK is an Indonesian film critic-turned-filmmaker. A Berlinale Talents and Asian Film Academy alumni, his short films have been shown and awarded widely at festivals such as Thai Short Film & Video Festival, Singapore International Film Festival, and Festival Film Indonesia, the Academy Awards of Indonesia.

Autobiography is his debut feature.

Short films

2016 – The Dog’s Lullaby (16’)

2017 – Malediction (27’)

2018 – A Plastic Cup of Tea Before Her (15’)

Festivals

La Biennale di Venezia- Orizzonti World Premiere – FIPRESCI AWARD

Toronto International Film Festival – Contemporary World Cinema

BFI London – Journey 

Busan International Film Festival – A Window on Asian Cinema

Rio International Film Festival

Adelaide Film Festival- BEST FEATURE FICTION AWARD

TokyoFilMex- GRAND PRIX 

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival- NETPAC AWARD

Asia Pacific Screen Awards – BEST SCREENPLAY

Stockholm Film Festival- BEST DEBUT FILM

Marrakech International Film Festival- BEST ACTOR

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – Best of Fest

Film Fra Sor- New Voices Competition 

Around the World in 14 Films – Berlinale Spotlight WCF

GOA International Film Festival of India – Cinema of the World