Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts
Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak
Dubbed the first “Satay Western”, Mouly Surya’s third film is a stunning masterwork that underscores her status as an undeniable talent.
In the deserted hills of an Indonesian island, young widow Marlina (assuredly played by a steely Marsha Timothy) is attacked and robbed of her cattle. To defend herself, she kills the gangsters and embarks on a journey in search of justice. But the road is long especially when the ghost of her headless victim begins to haunt her.
Premiering in the Directors’ Fortnight as the only Southeast Asian film in Cannes, director Mouly Surya’s sprawling western is a new high point for Indonesian cinema, injecting sharply drawn sardonicism and fiery feminist toughness into a typically masculine genre. She draws together Garin Nugroho’s story, Yunus Pasolang’s breathtaking cinematography and an imaginative Ennio Morricone-inspired score of soulful Sumba folksongs and Indonesian strings to hypnotic effect, culminating in a rousing finale.
Cast & Credits
Mouly Surya is considered one of the most promising female filmmakers in Indonesia. Her debut film, FICTION (2008), won numerous awards including Best Director at JIFFEST 2008. It premiered internationally at the 13th Busan International Film Festival. What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (2013) competed in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance Film Festival.
Rama Adi, Fauzan Zidni
Mouly Surya, Rama Adi
Marsha Timothy, Dea Panendra, Egi Fedly
• In-competition, Cannes Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival 2017