Sri Asih, the First Indonesian Film to Win an Award at Fantastic Fest, the Largest Genre Film Festival in the United States

Sri Asih

PROGRES.ID – The film “Sri Asih,” directed by Upi and creatively produced by Joko Anwar from the Bumilangit Cinematic Universe (BCU), has won an award at the 2023 Fantastic Fest film festival. The award was presented in the Next Wave Features category, which is a special program for debut films and innovative works by young filmmakers.

Fantastic Fest is the largest genre film festival in the United States, emphasizing challenging and thought-provoking cinema while celebrating new voices and stories from filmmakers worldwide. The festival took place from September 21 to 28, 2023, in Austin, Texas, USA.

Sri Asih’s victory at Fantastic Fest is an extraordinary achievement for Indonesian cinema. This marks the first time an Indonesian film has received an award at the largest genre film festival in the United States.

Upi, the director of Sri Asih, expressed her joy and pride in this achievement. She stated that this award serves as motivation for her to continue making quality films.

“Winning in the Next Wave Features program at Fantastic Fest is an honor for me and the entire crew and cast of Sri Asih,” Upi said in a written statement, as reported by on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

“It also inspires us to create new and more challenging stories in the future,” she continued.

Joko Anwar, the creative producer of BCU and co-writer of Sri Asih, also shared his thoughts. He mentioned that this award proves that Indonesian films possess undeniable quality.

“This signifies that Sri Asih indeed has undeniable quality. This award also encourages us to produce our next works within BCU,” said Joko.

Sri Asih’s victory at Fantastic Fest has been well-received by Indonesian film enthusiasts. Many praised it as a high-quality Indonesian superhero film suitable for all audiences.

“We’ve been blessed with exceptional films from around the world this year. Curating diverse cinematic works for our esteemed jurors is an honor,” said Fantastic Fest Programming Director Annick Mahnert in an official statement.

Sri Asih is an action and science fiction superhero film starring Pevita Pearce, Reza Rahadian, Christine Hakim, Jefri Nichol, Dimas Anggara, Surya Saputra, Jenny Zhang, and Randy Pangalila. The film tells the story of Sri Asih, a young girl with superpowers assigned to protect the Earth from evil.

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