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IDFA 2010

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Shape of the Moon
Leonard Retel Helmrich
92 min
Festival history
For , Leonard Retel Helmrich returned to Indonesia to make a sequel to Again, he portrays this enormous country, with 240 million inhabitants and the largest Muslim population in the world, on the basis of just a few individuals. And once again, the subject of his film is the Sjamsuddin family, who live in a suburb of Jakarta. Rumidjah is a 62-year-old widow who considers returning to her native village; in that case, her son Bakti and her 13-year-old granddaughter Tari would be left behind. Rumidjah clashes with her headstrong son on religious issues: he converted to Islam before getting married, whereas she refuses to part with her crucifix. These good-natured quarrels take place against the backdrop of anti-American demonstrations and an Islamic neighborhood watch. In this way, the film continually connects small issues with larger ones. There are no interviews, there is no voice-over: the camera silently follows the people in what the director calls Single Shot Cinema: a kind of cinema verité in which the camera does not observe from a distance, but intuitively moves along with the action. It glides among people, dives to the ground, scans faces and bodies, plunges into the chaos when a fire breaks out, and flies high into the air when following a pedestrian who is crossing a staggeringly high railway bridge.
Screening copy
    Eye Film Institute Netherlands
    Eye Film Institute Netherlands
Involved TV Channel
    HOS - The Netherlands
    HOS - The Netherlands