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Arthouse Cinema showcases a variety of genres and formats including everything from auteur to documentary films – some are feature-length, while others are really quite short. At 7 pm every second and fourth Tuesday of the month, selected productions from Germany and Indonesia will be screened at the GoetheHaus Jakarta.
Ever since it was established in 2012, Arthouse Cinema has evolved to become one of the few places in Jakarta to provide a space for non-mainstream film screenings. Arthouse Cinema aims to challenge its audiences. We show films that present new experiences and ideas, and that inspire – be they classic masterpieces, experimental works by young directors, animated films or documentaries.
Every year we show more than 20 films, accompanied whenever possible by discussions with Indonesian actors, directors or film producers. Once a year, the Arthouse Cinema Focus spotlights one particular film series or a number of works by a German director; in the past, such events have featured Fatih Akin, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Pepe Danquart and Frank Beyer.


In 2017, the Arthouse Cinema programme in Jakarta will be concentrating on music and urban stories in German film. Among the films to be screened will be Crossing the Bridge by Fatih Akin, Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt (English title: Berlin: Symphony of a Metropolis) by Walther Ruttmann, and B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin by Jörg A. Hoppe, Heiko Lange Klaus Maeck and Miriam Dehne. The Indonesian productions were selected for their great acting and powerful stories, and will include Melancholy is a Movement by Richard Oh, About a Woman by Teddy Soeriaatmadja and Mencari Hilal by Ismail Basbeth.

Music and urban stories

Crossing the Bridge is a documentary by Fatih Akin. Fatih Akin is known for his powerful stories that revolve around youngsters of Turkish-German origin in Germany. In Crossing the Bridge, Akin explores the streets of Istanbul with Alexander Hacke, the bass player with "Einstürzenden Neubauten", a legendary experimental band that was formed in West Germany in 1980. Together, they research the traditional and contemporary sounds of Istanbul, a city in which the West and the East collide – in both geographical and cultural terms.
Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt is one of the masterpieces of German silent cinema. Released in 1927, the film constituted an experimental breakthrough in the 1920s film scene. Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt presents one day in Berlin, from peaceful morning to lively evening scenes. Completely dispensing with actors or any conventional storyline, it nonetheless grips the audience throughout.
In B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin, Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck, Heiko Lange and Miriam Dehne spent a decade gathering, interlinking and producing Berlin’s urban and musical history. The film gives a radical and dynamic insight into the city’s famous subculture, which is where ground-breaking punk rock bands such as the "Einstürzende Neubauten" formed, and where avant-garde artists such as Nick Cave and Tilda Swinton or Martin Kippenberger met.  B-Movie: Lust & Sound in West Berlin presents a portrait of the formative years of a unique club, concert and protest culture.
The Art House Cinema Focus in 2017 will be Zur Rettung der Popkultur (English title: Saving Pop Culture). In three editions, this film package collects German music videos from the years 2003 to 2015. Zur Rettung der Popkultur is a passionate portrait of the development of music videos in Germany, produced by the Goethe-Institut and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. In this Focus, we will be taking a look at music videos, which form an important part of pop culture in Germany and Indonesia. Between the screenings we will stage discussions with Indonesian music and pop culture journalists and filmmakers.

The art of acting and story-telling

The Indonesian contributions to the Arthouse Cinema programme in 2017 are all about outstanding acting and powerful stories, these being the essential ingredients for a good film.
Joko Anwar, really a director himself, plays the leading role in Richard Oh’s Melancholy is a Movement. The film tells the story of a director who is searching for inspiration for his work, and finds it in religion.
In Teddy Soeriaatmadja’s About a Woman, Tuti Kirana plays an older woman who lives alone. Her everyday life is monotonous until one day a young man comes into her life as a home help. Teddy’s most recent work paints a multifaceted picture of loneliness, sensuality and urban life.
In his feature film debut Mencari Hilal, Ismail Basbeth explores the relationship between a son and his father. The internal conflicts experienced by both leads, and their joint journey to find themselves, leave a particularly deep impression. In Deddy Sutomo und Oka Antara, Basbeth found the perfect actors to play the two parts. Mencari Hilal was produced by Hanung Bramantyo, one of Indonesia’s most important directors.