Kamila Andini’s Yuni film has made Indonesia proud on the international stage. The film, starring Arawinda Kirana, won the Platform Prize at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
The film, produced by Fourcolours and Starvision, also set a record as the first Indonesian and Southeast Asian film to win this category. Let’s look at five facts.
Yuni’s film (2021) won the Platform Prize at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Be the first from Southeast Asia!
YUNI’s film won the Platform Prize at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on Saturday (18/9/2021) evening Toronto time. This film by Kamila Andini, produced by Ifa Isfansyah and co-producer Chand Parwez Servia, is the first Indonesian and Southeast Asian film to win the award.
The Platform Prize Program itself was first introduced in 2015. The news of Yuni’s victory was announced by Riz Ahmed as the Chairperson of the Jury for the 2021 TIFF Platform Program.
Riz Ahmed, Head of Jury for the 2021 TIFF Platform Program, said the jury was touched by Yuni’s film story
Riz Ahmed mentioned a number of qualities of this Indonesian film. “The jury was touched by the film which brings a new and intimate perspective to a youth story, which is characterized by its subtle structure, beautiful depiction, and smooth cinematography,” he said.
The Platform Prize is an annual film award given by the Toronto International Film Festival for films that have high artistic value and demonstrate a strong directing vision.
Kamila Andini dedicates her victory to the voices of women in Indonesia that have been unheard of
In his victory speech, director Kamila Andini recalled his first time attending the Toronto International Film Festival in 2015. This time he returned with his third winning film.
“I see this as a hope. This victory is for the voices of women in Indonesia that have been unheard of, as well as for all women in Indonesia and the world, who are still fighting for their freedom,” said Kamila Andini.
Not to forget, he also thanked all parties involved in making Yuni’s film. “This is not only a victory for Indonesia, but also for Southeast Asian cinema!” he concluded at the end of the speech
Yuni’s film tells the story of a teenage girl who is exposed to gossip about the myth about rejecting a man’s proposal
This film tells the story of Yuni, a bright teenage girl who has big dreams of going to college. He turned down proposals from two men he barely knew. Yuni’s refusal gives rise to unlucky gossip that a woman who refuses three proposals will never marry.
The pressure gets even higher when a third man proposes to her. Yuni is in a dilemma between believing in myths or pursuing her dreams. YUNI’s screenplay was written by Kamila Andini and Prima Rusdi. Meanwhile, this film is played by talented actors such as Arawinda Kirana, Kevin Ardilova, Dimas Aditya, Marissa Anita, Asmara Abigail, and many more.