A Copy of My Mind | 2016 Seattle International Film Festival
Indonesia | 2015 | 116 minutes | Joko Anwar
A bold hybrid of romance and political thriller unfolds in modern-day Jakarta after two lovers, a beauty-salon worker and a DVD pirate, find themselves on the run after uncovering evidence of high-level corruption.
Sari works in a third-rate beauty salon and spends her evenings at home in a cramped and dark room watching pirated films, while Alek ekes out a living producing subtitles for illegal DVDs. When Sari complains about the poor quality of the subtitles to her regular DVD dealer, he passes her on to Alek to deal with. Soon these two are not just watching films together, but becoming romantically involved. Meanwhile Sari has found a new job at a more upscale beauty salon. Her new boss asks her to give a facial to high-profile convict in prison—and one of his best customers—Mrs. Mirna. Being a “special prisoner,” Mrs. Mirna is afforded the luxuries of an air conditioner, fridge, home theater, and a DVD collection in her cell. When Sari steals a DVD from Mrs. Mirna, mistakenly believing it to be a monster movie, she comes to find out that it contains evidence of political corruption in a presidential campaign. Soon enough Mrs. Mirna notices the DVD has gone missing from her shelf, and Sari and Alek become ensnared in the web of lies and deceit to cover up the conspiracy. Director Joko Anwar conveys the political and social turmoil faced by so many in Jakarta, and how two people deal with the systemic corruption and inequality of the Indonesian government.
Joko Anwar has been enjoying commercial and critical success as writer and director. His directorial debut, Janki Joni (Joni's Promise, 2005), was a box-office smash comedy highly praised by international critics. A Copy of My Mind is his first romance in 10 years.
Sponsored by Pacific Place, Southeast Asia Center UW
Director: Joko Anwar
Principal Cast: Tara Basro, Chicco Jerikho, Maera Panigoro, Paul Agusta, Ario Bayu