Location: Cinemaxx, Plaza Semanggi
Over the years Joko Anwar has explored various genres in his movies from comedy, thriller, drama, to horror. Joko’s career in the film industry began when he was involved in Nia Dinata’s Arisan (2003) as a scriptwriter, meanwhile, his debut as a director was in Janji Joni (2005). From then on, Joko created a lot of movies which were not only gained success in Indonesia but also won many awards in international film festivals, such as Kala (2007), Pintu Terlarang (2009), Modus Anomali (2012), A Copy of My Mind (2015), and the re-make movie Pengabdi Setan (2017). What’s interesting, Joko’s movies have always centered on family problems, as well as expressed his concern towards social and political situation around him.
Other than movies, Joko directed the first season of Halfworlds, a TV series about Indonesian mythology creatures who live alongside humans, and A Mother’s Love which was part of a horror anthology called Folklore. Both of which were aired on HBO Asia. Currently, Joko works on a long-term Indonesian superhero movie project titled Jagat Sinema BumiLangit (BumiLangit Cinematic Universe) which started with Gundala and also his latest horror movie titled Perempuan Tanah Jahanam that will be released this month.
What’s your biggest fear in life?
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Don’t listen to any advice.
What’s the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?
Went shopping to a mini-market naked.
Who’s your hero?
What gets you motivated?
New project, a new story to tell.
What’s your life’s motto?
A life lived in fear is a life half lived.
Among all your movies, which one is your favourite and why is that?
Gundala because it’s the most accomplished.
What is the scariest horror movie that you’ve ever watched?
Pengabdi Setan, 1981.
If your life is a movie, what would the title be?
Punch, drunk, love.
What is your next project after Gundala?
Perempuan Tanah Jahanam in October 2019.
What is it about?
It’s about a girl who goes to a village thinking that she might inherit a fortune from her family but it turns out the whole village try to locate her and kill her.