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Archive - 11th Five Flavours Film Festival

Satan's Slaves

Pengabdi Setan
Indonesia 2017, 107’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Joko Anwar
screenplay: Joko Anwar
cinematography: Ical Tanjung
editing: Arifin Cu'unk
music: Bembi Gusti, Tony Merle, Aghi Narottama
cast: Bront Palarae, Tara Basro, Endy Arfian, Dimas Aditya, Nasar Annuz, M. Adhiyat, Ayu Laksmi, Egy Fedly, Arswendi Nasution Elly D. Luthan
producer: Gope T. Samtani
production: Rapi Films, CJ Entertainment
language: Bahasa Indonesia
colouration: colour

Film description

A former singer, and a beloved mother of four, has been disabled by a strange disease, which causes even her family to approach her with caution. The roots of the disease are just one of the many mysteries circling around this seemingly ordinary, warm family. What other secrets lay hidden in the black records filled with the singer's lyrical music? Why is the father discouraging his children from daily prayers? Who is the person circling around the nearby graveyard at night?

Joko Anwar, the star of Indonesian genre cinema, finally fulfilled his dream – he made a remake of a cult 1980 horror film, known as the scariest Indonesian picture of all times. The new version is set in the retro aesthetics, and just like the original, it doesn’t use digital special effects to invoke fear. The fan nostalgia did not prevent the director from having his own auteur impact on the script – he expanded the source narration, added psychological depth, and enhanced the ghastly atmosphere. The result is a stylish, stuffy horror, which not only lured over a million viewers to cinemas during its premiere weekend, but also received a record thirteen nominations to this year's Indonesian Film Awards.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Joko Anwar

Born in 1976, director and screenwriter. Studied space engineering and worked as a film critic. He debuted with a popular comedy "Joni’s Promise." Considered as one of the most original Indonesian filmmakers, praised for his subversive, surprising scripts, cleverly using the genre conventions to take up controversial topics and paint strong portrayals of modern reality. In 2016, he visited 10th Five Flavours with his film "A Copy of My Mind."


2005 Obietnica Joni'ego / Janji Joni / Joni's Promise

2007 Martwy czas: Kala / Kala / Deadtime

2009 Pintu Terlarang / Forbidden Door

2012 Modus Anomali

2015 Zapis moich zmysłów / Copy of my Mind

2017 Słudzy diabła / Pengabdi Setan / Satan's Slaves

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