Memories of My Body (Kucumbu Tubuh Indahku)
Director: Garin Nugroho
Section: World Cinema
Country: Indonesia | Year: 2018
Language(s): Indonesian, Japanese | Time: 105 mins
Juno is just a kid when his father leaves him in their village of Center Java. Abandoned and alone, he joins a Lengger dance centre where men transform assuming feminine appearance and movements. But the sensuality and sexuality that come from dance and bodies, mixed with the violent social and political situation of Indonesia, force Juno to move from village to village. Though on his journey Juno gets attention and love from his dance teachers, his weird aunty, his old uncle, a handsome boxer and a Warok, he still has to face alone the battlefield that his body is becoming.
Garin Nugroho is an acclaimed Indonesian filmmaker. He was selected as the Best Young Director at the Asia Pacific International Film Festival in Seoul in 1992. His film Leaf On a Pillow (1998) won the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival. Nugroho’s other accolades include the Best Director Award at the Pyongyang International Film Festival, Young Filmmakers Jury Award at the Berlinale, among notable others.