Entering its fourth year, Plaza Indonesia Film Festival (PIFF) 2018 will feature the best films from Indonesia and abroad, under the theme “Lovephilosophy”, which showcases the spectrum of romance and love stories on the screen.

The scene from Loveless (2018) which will be screened on Plaza Indonesia Film Festival 2018. Photo courtesy of Sony pictures Classics/NOW!JAKARTA

The festival will take place at XXI Plaza Indonesia from 26 February to 2 March, 2018. In collaboration with the Film Factory as curator, PlFF 2018 will present 10 films from various genres, including drama and animation, and most of which were first launched in 2017.

Some of the films have won awards at international film festivals, such as the Berlin International Film Festival, the Chicago International Film Festival, the European Film Awards and the Cannes Film Festival.

“Lovephilosophy” is a selection of films with multidimensional elements and shows love from its good and bad side, translated into both dark and bright colours of cinematography.

PIFF 2018 Press Conference. Photo Courtesy of Plaza Indonesia/NOW!JAKARTA

Foreign films that will be shown include “On Body and Soul” (Hungary), “FÉLICITÉ: (France), “Loveless” (Russia), “Loving Vincent” (Poland), “The Square” (Sweden), and last year’s winner at Cannes Festival for Best Director, “The Beguiled” (USA).

Indonesian features cover a wide range of topics, from a story of two siblings to the love between a man and a woman, and a tortured love in “Sekala Niskala”, “Night Bus”, “The Gift” and “Laut Bercerita”.

In addition to the film screenings, PIFF 2018 also hosts a Movie Clinic, which will feature a discussion with industry experts, such as
veteran actress Christine hakim, actor Reza Hakim, director Lucky Kuswandi and scriptwriter Ernest Prakasa.

To support the creative industry in the country and nurture the future generation of Indonesian cinematographers, PIFF also organizes a Short Film Competition.

For more information about tickets and the screening schedule, visit piff.plazaindonesia.com.

Rintang Azhar

Rintang Azhar

Rintang is a previous staff writer for NOW! with experience in hard news and lifestyle journalism. He specialises in art, design, culture, fashion, environmental, and urban issues.