A young man torn between loyalty and justice confronts the truth of his father figure that may destroy them both.
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.
Indonesia, France, Singapore, Poland, Philippines, Germany and Qatar 2022 115 mn 2.35:1 5.1 Indonesian 1st Feature Film
Written and Directed by
Yulia Evina Bhara
Louise Bellicaud, Claire Charles-Gervais, Jeremy Chua, Malgorzata Staroń, Armi Rae Cacanindin, Nicole Gerhards, Amerta Kusuma, Robin Moran, Pinkan Veronique, Arya Sweta, Ganesya
Kevin Ardilova (Rakib)
Arswendy Bening Swara (Purna)
Yusuf Mahardika (Agus)
Lukman Sardi (Soewita)
Photography Wojciech Staroń
Production Designer Sigit D. Pratama
Editor Carlo Francisco Manatad
Composer Bani Haykal
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.
2016 – The Dog’s Lullaby (16’)
2017 – Malediction (27’)
2018 – A Plastic Cup of Tea Before Her (15’)
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