Following a entrance film Posesif (possessive), that took home awards at a 2017 Indonesian Film Festival (FFI 2017), Palari Films prolongation residence has returned with Aruna dan Lidahnya (Aruna and Her Palate or The Birdwoman’s Palate).
Unlike Posesif , that emphasized a dim side of puppy love, Aruna and Her Palate brings adult a singular subject in a Indonesian film industry: Friendships and lives of people in their 30s with food as a base.
Adapted from Laksmi Pamuntjak’s novel of a same title, Aruna and Her Palate was destined by Edwin, who also helmed Posesif. “It’s a play though with many spices,” pronounced Edwin, when being asked to report a film, during a press contention on Thursday, May 31, in Kemang, South Jakarta.
Aruna and Her Palate is a film about loyalty and food that is wrapped with amour and conspiracy. Aruna (Dian Sastrowardoyo) is a singular lady in her 30s. Apart from her pursuit in an NGO, Aruna is ardent about food. One day she is reserved to examine bird influenza cases in several places in Indonesia. She afterwards travels along her friends; a food critic Nad (Hannah Al-Rashid) who wants to write a book and a prepare Bono (Nicholas Saputra), who wants to learn authentic recipes of Indonesian culinary. In a center of their journey, Aruna meets Farish (Oka Antara), a former co-worker who personally keeps an eye on her.
The 4 of them have conflicting traits; Aruna who is still trusting and simple, Bono who is ease and adventurous, Nad who is superb and Farish who is conflicting from a three.
“Basically Farish is a unrelenting chairman who does all formed on rules,” pronounced Oka Antara. “He’s a conflicting of Aruna who depends on her instinct. But that’s where a energetic happens. Behind a tour of people who like foods, Farish sees dishes as something extraneous and a duty is to make your stomach full. But Farish has a tip underneath his weakness.”
Crews and casts of ‘Aruna and Her Palate’; (above, from left to right) writer Muhammad Zaidy, writer Meiske Taurisia, scriptwriter Titien Wattimena and executive Edwin. (below, from left to right) Dian Sastrowardoyo, Hannah Al-Rashid and Nicholas Saputra. (JP/Wienda Parwitasari)
Meanwhile, Dian described Aruna as a chairman who has a regretful attribute with foods. “Outside of her work, if she gets to select between food and a regretful partner, she will select food,” pronounced Dian who certified that she favourite to eat and try new menus.
“Actually a 4 characters here are different,” pronounced Hannah. “But it’s always engaging for them to accumulate and speak about love, politics, dishes – everybody has conflicting opinions. Sharing opinions, debating – it’s all relatable in genuine life.”
Nicholas, who confessed that he likes to prepare for himself and his friends, hoped audiences could describe to a film. “It’s since Indonesians like to chat, make friends and conclude foods. Even if they try new places to eat, they will always move their friends. There are also people who transport with dishes as their base,” Nicho said. “Hopefully this film can enthuse and turn a thoughtfulness of ourselves.”
The executive Edwin believed it would be good to adjust a book into a film as a former contained moments where people chatted over food. “It’s how we see humans divulgence their thoughts [while eating and chatting],” pronounced Edwin. “The book contains dishes that many of them we don’t know. we unequivocally wanted to try them, not all people could ambience them.”
However, not all a places in a book were visited during sharpened as they usually trafficked to 4 locations, such as Surabaya in East Java, Pamekasan in Madura, East Java, Pontianak in West Kalimantan and Singkawang in West Kalimantan. “The book has around 9 to 10 places, though a ones that we chose already represented a textures of a dishes in a book,” pronounced Edwin. “We don’t wish to try one form of food only, we wish to uncover new things.”
Despite of a locations, a film’s writer Meiske Taurisia pronounced they did not go too distant from a book. “We have interpretations toward characters that we blending here, there are conflicts that might not exist in a book, though we make it as something new in a film,” Meiske said. “But we don’t let go critical things, starting from their contention topics, life problems – we keep pulling all of them in this film.”
Aruna and Her Palate is slated to be screened during a finish of September. (asw)