Memories of My Body
KUCUMBU TUBUH INDAHKU
Four devastating episodes of a young Lengger dancer’s passage into manhood amidst Indonesia’s tumultuous history and conservative social norms.
Singapore PremiereIndonesia / 2018 / 105 MIN / Bahasa Indonesia, Javanese / M18: Some Homosexual Content
Juno is just a child when his father abandons him. Left to his own devices, he’s drawn to a local Lengger dance troupe in which male dancers dress as women and take on feminine roles. As he becomes more immersed in the sensual roots of the art form and in touch with his own burgeoning sexuality, the provocations of the dance within the provincial chauvinism of his community lead to devastating violence—against him and those around him.
Exploring the intimate history of an individual, and using striking poetic imagery to showcase the beauty of Lengger traditional dance, Nugroho has crafted a sharp political commentary that critiques the tumultuous and contradictory nature of Indonesia’s past four decades.
Cast & Credits
Recipient of the 2017 SGIFF Honorary Award, Garin Nugroho was born in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. His debut film, Love in a Slice of Bread (1991), received the Best Young Director Award at the Asia Pacific International Film Festival, while Leaf on a Pillow (1998) opened Cannes’s Un Certain Regard. Memories of my Body is his 19th feature.
Muhammad Khan, Raditya Evandra, Rianto
*Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival 2018
*In Competition, Orizzonti, Venice International Film Festival 2018