Guru Bangsa: Tjokroaminoto Gets Most Nomination on FFI 2015

Putu Radar Bahurekso    •    18 November 2015 18:24 WIB
Guru Bangsa: Tjokroaminoto Gets Most Nomination on FFI 2015
Main Cast of Guru Bangsa Tjokroaminoto Reza Rahadian (Photo: Antara/Regina Safri), Jakarta: The film Guru Bangsa: Tjokroaminoto (Nation's Teacher: Tjokroaminoto) dominated the Indonesia Film Festival (FFI) 2015 with the most nominations compared to other films. The movie, which shares a story of a teacher of the nation named Tjokroaminoto, managed to secure eight nominations in the event of the prestigious national film awards. 
The achievement was comparable to the process of making the movie, which was released on April 9, 2015. It was admitted by the producer of the movie, Nayara Untara, that it started the production since the end of 2012.

"The film had been produced since late 2012. At that time, I met Mrs. Dewi for a chat and thought that there is nothing wrong in making a movie to feature the figure of Tjokroaminoto. We brainstormed for at least a year and a half, and started shooting in 2014, as it airs on 2015," mentioned Nayara in Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta, Tuesday (11/17/2015).

Nayara Untara also mentioned that the movie gained positive welcome from the public. Even there were many theatres outside Jakarta that had asked to re-air the movie.

"Generally we were welcomed well. Even in the regions were also well. There are many who have asked on when the movie will be re-aired," continued Nayaka.

The long process of making Guru Bangsa: Tjokroaminoto was not parted from the various difficulties faced by the production team. One of the difficulties at the time was that there were no living witness who witnessed or experienced the direct interaction with Tjokroaminoto.

Aside from that, the data and historical records were very little, as Tjokroaminoto's lifetime was quite far from the current era.

"Then in Tjokroaminoto's circle, there were many figures, so we have quite of a trouble in determining which ones who will appear. It is impossible to feature all 20 figures," mentioned Erik Supit, the writer of the movie script Guru Bangsa: Tjokroaminoto.

Guru Bangsa: Tjokroaminoto shares the journey of a Nation's Teacher named Oemar Said Tjokroaminoto. Starting from his childhood, then marriage, meeting his students, forming the Islamic organisation "Sjarikat Islam", entering the politics and struggling for the fate of the nation, up to his imprisonment.

This film is directed by Garin Nugroho, as the character of Tjokroaminoto is played by Reza Rahadian.

The eight nominations taken by the film Guru Bangsa: Tjokroaminoto on this year's FFI are for the category of Best Costume Design, Best Scenario, Best Artistic, Best Visual Effects, Best Cinematography, Best Leading Actor, Best Sound and Best Movie.


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