Memories of My Body

  • 106'
  • Indonesia
  • 2018

Juno, a sensitive boy in a village on Java, struggles with confusing impressions following the sudden departure of his father. Juno practises with a traditional Lengger dance company, where male dancers can assume female forms. He is attracted by the sensuality of this, but he is also shocked when he sees how seduction can lead to violence. He begins to discover his own sexual identity while becoming friends with a young boxer and an old dance teacher.

Modern politics and traditional Indonesian dance, masculinity and femininity merge in this new film from Garin Nugroho, a versatile filmmaker who has regularly attended IFFR. Using straightforward means, he creates an impression of complex emotional and social relations at the time of Suharto’s resignation. The last episode is the most politically charged in this at times enchanting, at times realistic-poetic story. Inspired by the life of choreographer and dancer Rianto, who himself acts as a narrator through mini-performances and poignant recollections: "My body is my home."

Director
Garin Nugroho
Country of production
Indonesia
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
106'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Kucumbu tubuh indahku
Languages
Indonesian, Javanese
Producers
Ifa Isfansyah, Matthew Jordan
Production Companies
Fourcolours Films, Go-Studio
Sales
Asian Shadows
Screenplay
Garin Nugroho
Cinematography
Teoh Gay Hian
Editor
Greg Arya
Production Design
Ong Hari Wahyu, Edy Wibowo
Sound Design
Khikmawan Santosa
Music
Mondo Gascaro
Cast
Muhammad Khan, Raditya Evandra, Rianto, Sujiwo Tejo, Teuku Rifnu Wikana, Randy Pangalila, Whani Darmawan
Website
https://www.chineseshadows.com/memories-of-my-body