Ponirah Terpidana

Ponirah Terpidana (literally Ponirah is Convicted) is a 1984 Indonesian drama film directed by Slamet Rahardjo. Starring Nani Vidia, Rahardjo, and Ray Sahetapy, it follows a young woman named Ponirah who becomes a prostitute and is arrested for the murder of a rich businessman. The film, which combined traditional and contemporary elements, was a critical success in Indonesia. It won three Citra Awards at the 1984 Indonesian Film Festival, from a total of eleven nominations.

Ponirah Terpidana
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Directed bySlamet Rahardjo
Screenplay bySlamet Rahardjo
Story bySlamet Rahardjo
Produced by
  • Manu Sukmajaya
  • A. Gunawan
Starring
CinematographyTantra Surjadi
Edited byGeorge Kamarullah
Music byEros Djarot
Production
company
Sukma Putra Film
Release date
  • 1984 (1984) (Indonesia)
Running time
107 minutes
CountryIndonesia
LanguageIndonesian

PlotEdit

Since birth Ponirah has lived a cursed life. Her mother died while birthing her and her brother Permadi is hit by a truck while riding a bicycle with her. This leads her father, Jabarudi, to go temporarily insane and nearly stab her with a kris. Their maid, Trindil (Christine Hakim), brings Ponirah with her and escapes the city, settling in Yogyakarta. Trindil becomes a prostitute to support herself and Ponirah; the two live at the brothel.

When Ponirah (Nani Vidia) is in senior high school, she finds that the new teacher Guritno (Slamet Rahardjo) is watching her closely. Unknown to her, he is in fact her uncle who was asked by Ponirah's late father to find her. After a misunderstanding with Trindil, Ponirah goes to Jakarta with a charming young man named Jarkasi (Ray Sahetapy), who is actually a trafficker tasked with luring young women to work as prostitutes. Although he falls in love with Ponirah and refuses to do this task, Ponirah says she wants to be the most expensive prostitute in the city. They part.

As Ponirah is picked up by a rich man named Franky Darling (Teguh Karya), Jarkasi meets Guritno and the two decide to save Ponirah. When they assault Franky's apartment, Ponirah – who has grown to hate men and intends to kill Franky – mistakes Guritno for her client and stabs her uncle with a pair of scissors, killing him. When the police come, Jarkasi tells them that he killed Guritno and prepares to be punished. However, the investigation reveals that Ponirah had delivered the killing blow and she is thus incarcerated.

ProductionEdit

Ponirah Terpidana was written and directed by Slamet Rahardjo for Sukma Putra Film. It was produced by Manu Sukmajaya and A. Gunawan, with Tantra Surjadi on camera and editing by George Kamarullah.[1] Rahardjo's brother Eros Djarot handled the musical arrangement,[2] while Suparman Sidik handled sound. Benny Benhardi handled artistic direction.[1]

The film starred Nani Vidia and Bambang Hermanto, with other roles filled by Christine Hakim, Bambang Hermanto, Slamet Rahardjo, Ray Sahetapy, Teguh Karya, Nano Riantiarno, and Ratna Riantiarno.[1] Much of the cast had worked together for Karya's Teater Populer, with Hakim, Karya, Nano Riantiarno, and Rahardjo having previously collaborated on films like Cinta Pertama (First Love; 1973).[3] Hermanto had been in cinema for over thirty years, rising to fame after starring in D. Djajakusuma's Harimau Tjampa (Tiger from Tjampa) in 1953.[4] Meanwhile, Vidia was a new actor, making her feature film debut with Ponirah Terpidana.[5]

ThemesEdit

Nauval Yazid of The Jakarta Post writes that Ponirah Terpidana has a "women-who-suffer-continuously theme", one common in Indonesian films. He compares the later critical hit Jamila dan Sang Presiden (Jamila and the President; 2009) to the film, noting that the latter film – following a prostitute who murders a rich government official – was reminiscent of Ponirah Terpidana.[6] Gotot Prakosa, another writer for The Jakarta Post describes it as an art film, combining traditional and contemporary elements.[7]

Release and receptionEdit

Ponirah Terpidana received a wide release in 1984, although in 1983 it was screened at the Three Continents Festival in France.[8] According to Prakosa, foreign reviews criticised a scene at the end which showed a red-light district in Jakarta.[7] Eleanor Mannikka of allRovi gave the film three and a half out of five stars.[9]

A 35 mm and VHS copy is stored at Sinematek Indonesia in Jakarta.[10]

AwardsEdit

Ponirah Terpidana was nominated for eleven Citra Awards at the 1984 Indonesian Film Festival, winning three.[8] It was defeated in four categories, including Best Director and Best Leading Actress, by Sjumandjaja's Budak Nafsu (Slave to Lust; 1984),[11] while Arifin C. Noer's Pengkhianatan G30S/PKI (Betrayal of G30S/PKI; 1984) took Best Screenplay.[12] The film also won a special jury prize at the 1983 Three Continents Festival.[8]

Award Year Category Recipient Result
Three Continents Festival 1983 Special Jury Prize Won
Indonesian Film Festival 1984 Best Film Nominated
Best Director Slamet Rahardjo Nominated
Best Screenplay Slamet Rahardjo Nominated
Best Leading Actor Ray Sahetapy Nominated
Best Leading Actress Christine Hakim Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Bambang Hermanto Won
Best Supporting Actor Slamet Rahardjo Nominated
Best Cinematography Tantra Surjadi Won
Best Artistic Direction Benny Benhardi Nominated
Best Editing George Kamarullah Won
Best Musical Direction Eros Djarot Nominated

FootnotesEdit

Works citedEdit

  • "Bambang Hermanto". filmindonesia.or.id (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Konfiden Foundation. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  • Asrianti, Tifa (25 January 2009). "Eros Djarot: Makes a comeback with new album". The Jakarta Post. Jakarta. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  • "Kredit Cinta Pertama". filmindonesia.or.id (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Konfiden Foundation. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  • "Kredit Ponirah Terpidana". filmindonesia.or.id (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Konfiden Foundation. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  • Mannikka, Eleanor. "Ponirah Terpidana". allmovie (in Indonesian). allRovi. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  • "Nani Vidia". filmindonesia.or.id (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Konfiden Foundation. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  • "Penghargaan Budak Nafsu" [Awards for Budak Nafsu]. filmindonesia.or.id (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Konfidan Foundation. Archived from the original on 14 November 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  • "Penghargaan Pengkhianatan G-30-S PKI" [Awards for Pengkhianatan G-30-S PKI]. filmindonesia.or.id (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Konfidan Foundation. Archived from the original on 25 December 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012.
  • "Penghargaan Ponirah Terpidana" [Awards for Ponirah Terpidana]. filmindonesia.or.id (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Konfiden Foundation. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  • "Ponirah Terpidana". filmindonesia.or.id (in Indonesian). Jakarta: Konfiden Foundation. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  • Prakosa, Gotot (24 December 2000). "Slamet wants to bring Marsinah back from the grave". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  • Yazid, Nauval (3 May 2009). "A very irresistible 'Jamila'". The Jakarta Post. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2012.

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