17 May '11, 8am
Indonesia’s Blank Screens
Sinema May 17, 2011 Business , Etceteras , Film Festival , Indonesia , News No Comments A mystery tax has nearly dried up the supply of foreign films in the country The western movies showing in Jakarta last weekend included My Sassy Girl, released in 2008, New Daughter and Blood Creek, both released in 2009, and Source Code, released last April. “There are no new Hollywood films showing in Indonesia because of a boycott by distributors regarding a new tax. This was supposed to be ‘resolved’ already but it hasn’t been,” wrote Chris Holm, a Jakarta-based moviegoer, on Facebook. “The idiot official responsible can’t be contacted, of course. Why? Because he is with a delegation attending f***ing Cannes.” “He” is Syamsul Lussa, the Director of Films at the Culture and Tourism Ministry. France’s Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 11 to May 22 is perhaps the world’s most ...