Interview With Djenar Maesa Ayu: My Mind Has Been Trained to Imagine the Characters

Djenar Maesa Ayu (born 14 January 1973) is an Indonesian novelist, quick story author, actress, screenwriter, and filmmaker. Her work has variously been described as “provocative and lurid”, and distinctive and courageous. The daughter of movie director Sjumandjaja and actress Tuti Kirana, she started writing whereas finding out at elementary faculty. After commencement, Ayu labored as a tv presenter for a short while earlier than starting to jot down professionally. Djenar has revealed six anthologies of quick tales and a novel. Her quick story, ‘Suckling Father’ turned The Finest Quick Story of Jurnal Perempuan 2003, whereas ‘Nayla’s Time’ received the award of Kompas Finest Quick Story in the identical 12 months. She debuted as an actress in 2006 with “The Misplaced Briefcase”, and since then, she has cooperated with Joko Anwar, Cornelio Sunny and Edwin, amongst others and has received an award for Finest Supporting Actress at Competition Movie Bandung 2017. Djenar directed her first movie ‘They Say, I’m a Monkey!’ (2008) and received the Citra Award for Finest Adaptation Situation class with Indra Herlambang, and a Particular Point out for Finest New Director at Indonesian Movie Competition, 2009. Her third movie ‘Nay’, received NETPAC Award in JAFF 2015.

On the event of her newest quick, “Tris”, screening at Osaka Asian Movie Competition, we talked together with her about her many capacities and collaborations, the idea of gaslighting, the solid and the cinematography of the quick, and lots of different matters.

Tris” screened at Osaka Asian Film Festival

You’re an creator, actor, director and producer. Any capability you favor particularly?

I like all of them equally as a result of all of them work collectively to assist me study extra as an creator, director, producer, and actor.

What are essentially the most main variations between writing a novel and writing a script? Did your authoring of books assist if you began writing scripts?

When writing scripts, I’ve to create a world by way of photos, alternatively, writing prose requires me to create a world solely by way of textual content. Not solely does this assist me when writing scripts, it additionally helps me as a director. My thoughts has been educated to think about the characters, the environment, which leads me to know what sort of shot I would like.

How was your cooperation as an actress with administrators Joko Anwar, Cornelio Sunny and Edwin? Have you ever applied something from their method of labor in your motion pictures?

Once I work, I attempt to place myself as professionally as attainable. In order an actor, I’m absolutely answerable for executing the director’s imaginative and prescient and mission. Due to this fact, to date, I haven’t skilled any obstacles. Being self-taught, any roles that I obtain have develop into a studying course of for me. No matter I see, hear, really feel, and expertise within the subject is a type of data. If there’s something I appreciated, I’d apply it into my very own movie manufacturing. Alternatively, if there’s something I didn’t like, I’d keep away from it from occurring in my very own movie

Tris focuses on the idea of gaslighting. Why did you select this explicit subject? Do you suppose that it’s one thing occurring continuously in Indonesian society?

‘TRIS’ is the one movie I’ve directed that I didn’t write myself. Initially, I used to be supplied to play the function of the Mom. Nonetheless, ultimately I used to be supplied to direct it. Frankly, the problem of gaslighting is one thing new to me. ‘TRIS’ helped open my horizons concerning the significance of voicing some of these abuse and psychological well being points.

How was your cooperation with Roy Lolang within the cinematography of the movie? Basically, what was your function within the visible side of the film?

This isn’t my first time working with Roy Lolang. We regularly labored collectively in tasks the place I used to be the actor and he was the DOP, then he directed his first movie ‘Cinta Bete’ the place I used to be solid as one of many characters. So once I supplied Roy Lolang to be the DOP for ‘Tris’, our communication was very well-established already.

Why did you select to incorporate the psychologist periods, and why not present the psychologist?

My aim was for the characters to ask the viewers to be immediately concerned. I needed the viewers to really feel just like the psychologist, who sees, listens, and feels all of the character’s issues.

How was your cooperation with Reza Rahadian? Basically, what was the casting course of like for the movie?

Reza is likely one of the finest Indonesian actors and I’m grateful to have the ability to work with him. To this point, Reza has starred in my movies twice. I’ve the benefit of being a director who additionally writes scripts, in order that as I’m writing the script, the casting course of has already been performed. Each time I write, I can already think about who will likely be solid, and their names would already be included within the script

If you happen to may increase the quick right into a characteristic, what would you add?

Perhaps I’ll discover additional, the ‘whats and whys’ of Gio and Mom. Every part has its trigger and impact, whether or not it’s genetics or your environment.

What’s your opinion of the Indonesian film trade in the intervening time? Are there sufficient alternatives for feminine administrators and actresses?

I believe the Indonesian movie trade is creating very well. It’s confirmed that even within the midst of a pandemic, we’re in a position to create artwork that resonates each nationally and internationally. Alternatives for girls might be mentioned to be fairly balanced, though the share remains to be smaller than males.

credit score: Deny Joe

Are you engaged on something new in the intervening time?

I’m presently starring in a number of TV sequence, and have simply completed filming my new movie ‘TOUCH ME’ which is presently coming into the post-production stage. ‘TOUCH ME’ is a part of a 3-country omnibus titled ‘DREAM TOGETHER’:

  • Look At Me (Malaysia) Ho Yuhang,
  • Contact Me (Indonesia),
  • Kiss Me (Korea Selatan) Kim Tai-sik.



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