Fiksi., sometimes stylized as fiksi. (English: Fiction.) is a 2008 Indonesian thriller film directed by Mouly Surya in her directorial debut.[1] It tells the story of Alisha, a young woman who moves to a cheap apartment from her mansion, where she meets people with unique characters and stories which she soon incorporates into her obsessive fantasy.[1] According to Surya, the film is an "adult re-invention of Alice in Wonderland" with the character of Alisha being an inverted version of Alice.[2]

Fiction.
Fiksi.
Directed byMouly Surya
Screenplay byMouly Surya
Joko Anwar
Story byMouly Surya
Produced byRama Adi
Parama Wirasmo
Tia Hasibuan
Sapto Soetarjo
StarringLadya Cheryl
Donny Alamsyah
Kinaryosih
CinematographyYunus Pasolang
Edited byMuhammad Ichsan
Music byZeke Khaseli
Production
company
Distributed byCinesurya
Release date
19 June 2008 (Indonesia)
Running time
110 minutes
CountryIndonesia
LanguageIndonesian

The film stars Ladya Cheryl in the role of Alisha, for which she was received a Best Actress nomination at the 28th Citra Awards.[3] Surya won the Citra Award for Best Director, becoming the first and–as of 2020–the only woman to ever win the honor.[3]

SynopsisEdit

Alisha (Ladya Cheryl) never feel comfortable staying in her cool and spacious home until one day she meets Bari (Donny Alamsyah) who introduces her the meaning of love.[4]

CastEdit

  • Ladya Cheryl as Alisha, a young woman who moves to a cheap apartment and became neighbors to Bari and Renta
  • Donny Alamsyah as Bari, Renta's long-time boyfriend of seven years with whom Alisha develops an obsession after she saw him clean her mansion's pool one day
  • Kinaryosih as Renta, Bari's girlfriend of seven years and a Psychology student
  • Soultan Saladin as Alisha's rich father
  • Rina Hasyim as Tuti, the housekeeper in Alisha's father's mansion
  • Egy Fedly as Bambang, Alisha's personal chauffeur and bodyguard
  • Inong as Alisha's mother, who committed suicide by gunshot when she was young
  • Aty Cancer as Dirah, one of the apartment's residents who is a cat lady with traumatic past
  • José Rizal Manua as an old man who has never entered his apartment unit who used to own the land where the apartment building stands

ProductionEdit

Surya met future husband and collaborator Rama Adi while working as assistant directors in Rako Prijanto's 2007 films D'Bijis and Love Is Red.[5][6] In 2007, the two of them co-founded the film production company Cinesurya and secured funding to produce Fiksi. based on a screenplay Surya developed herself.[5][6] They sought advice from established filmmaker Riri Riza on how to produce their first feature film, who told them to work with someone more experienced in shaping the project, eventually finding those collaborators in producer Tia Hasibuan and writer-director Joko Anwar.[5] Anwar spent a month working on Surya's draft and was credited as a co-writer.[5]

In March 2020, a behind the scene film directed by then unknown Yosep Anggi Noen and B. W. Purbanegara was released on Cinesurya's YouTube channel.[7]

ReleaseEdit

Fiksi. was released theatrically on June 19, 2008 in Indonesia.[8] It was screened at the Busan International Film Festival and Jakarta International Film Festival in 2008 as well as at the Asiexpo Lyon Asian Film Festival in 2011 and Tokyo International Film Festival in 2016.[8]

ReceptionEdit

Film critic Eric Sasono commented that Surya's direction "almost fails to deliver" due to the story's "lack of plausibility".[2] However, he praised how Surya dared to tell a story that is "out of the comfort zone" of Indonesia's films.[2] Similarly, Maggie Lee of The Hollywood Reporter was critical of the film's "jumbled" time sequences and laid back pace, but praised the story's "overlapping plots" which she called "weirdly fascinating in their own right".[9]

Richard Kuipers of Variety was more positive, calling the film "an intriguing web around a lonely rich girl's obsession with a handsome writer" and praising Surya's direction as "briskly paced and has well-drawn characters".[10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2008 Jakarta International Film Festival Best Director Mouly Surya Won
2008 Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival Golden Hanoman Award Nominated
2008 28th Citra Awards Best Picture Fiksi. Won
Best Director Mouly Surya Won
Best Actor Donny Alamsyah Nominated
Best Actress Ladya Cheryl Nominated
Best Screenplay Mouly Surya
Joko Anwar
Won
Best Cinematography Yunus Pasolang Nominated
Best Editing Muhammad Ichsan Nominated
Best Art Direction Eros Eflin Nominated
Best Original Score Zeke Khaseli Won
Best Sound Yusuf A. Patawari Aufa Rahmat Triangga Ariaputra Nominated
2009 3rd Indonesian Movie Awards Best Actress Ladya Cheryl Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kinaryosih Nominated
Favorite Film Fiksi. Nominated
Favorite Actress Ladya Cheryl Nominated
Favorite Supporting Actress Kinaryosih Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Fiksi". filmindonesia.or.id. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  2. ^ a b c Sasono, Eric (2010-08-04). "Jalan Sulit Alisha dan Mouly". kinemata. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  3. ^ a b Fiksi. - IMDb, retrieved 2021-02-06
  4. ^ Surya, Mouly (2008-06-19), Fiksi. (Thriller), Ladya Cheryl, Donny Alamsyah, Kinaryosih, Soultan Saladin, Cinesurya Productions, retrieved 2021-02-06
  5. ^ a b c d "Ketika Mouly Surya Bicara Tentang Filmnya dan Kemungkinan Gabung BCU - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  6. ^ a b Djaya, Andi Baso. "Pasutri sehati dalam film". Lokadata.ID (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2021-02-01.
  7. ^ "fiksi. (BEHIND THE SCENE) - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  8. ^ a b Fiksi. (2008) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-02-06
  9. ^ "Film Review: Fiksi". The Hollywood Reporter. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2021-02-06.
  10. ^ Kuipers, Richard (2008-10-15). "Fiksi". Variety. Retrieved 2021-02-06.

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