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In a small Indonesian town, Rakib looks after an empty villa belonging to the retired general Purna. His family has worked for him for generations. When the General returns home to launch his mayoral election campaign, he and the young man bond. The relationship between the callow youngster and a mature man, corroded by cynicism and the sense of impunity, grows deeper, giving rise to an unexpected spiral of violence.
"Autobiography" is a brave voice in the cinema of a country whose unprocessed past hangs in the air like thick smog, poisoning all aspects of the nation's life. The idea for the script came from the director's own experience of years of watching his father work for the political regime. He had been developing it for a few years during workshops at European festivals. The production of the film wouldn't be possible without the support from several countries, including Poland – the author of the film's stunning cinematography is Wojciech Staroń.
Makbul Mubarak started as a film critic. When he decided to stand behind the camera, his short films started being shown at international festivals. His debut feature "Autobiography," in which he wrestles with the demons of his, his family's and his homeland's past was chosen as the 2023 Indonesian Oscar candidate.
2016 The Malediction (kr. m.)
2016 The Plague (kr. m.)
2022 Autobiografia / Autobiography