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Aruna & Her Palate

Director: Edwin

2018年|Indonesia|106min|Language: Indonesian|Subtitles: English, Japanese

Date Time Venue Guest
3/10 (Sun) 18:30 *Sold Out Cine Libre Umeda 4

* Discussion with Guest Filmmakers from Indonesia
In commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Establishment of Japan-Indonesia Diplomatic Relations, a discussion on Indonesian films with guest filmmakers will be held after the screening of "Aruna & Her Palate" on March 14, in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Osaka. Screening tickets for "Aruna & Her Palate" will be required to enter. About 60 minutes. A light meal will be served. With Japanese - Indonesian interpretation.
*Advance booking is now closed. No tickets on sale at the location.

Aruna & Her Palate
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Nicholas SAPUTRA

“When we talk about food, we’re observing people’s personality.”

Aruna is an epidemiologist who has been sent to investigate outbreaks of Avian Flu in different regions in Indonesia. Tagging along with her are her witty best friends Bono and Nad who make her take culinary detours while they travel. With each new region they try out various dishes and talk about life. Things get spicy when Aruna runs into a secret crush named Farish while on duty and he enters their intimate conversations, usually bringing an aftertaste of romance and heartache. While investigating possible outbreaks and relishing various delicious dishes, they discover the big secret behind the Avian Flu outbreaks.

Sounds like a weird fusion of ingredients but it works. This is a film that is sure to delight foodies and a general audience with its close-ups and lingering shots on mouth-watering dishes (complete with names and looks at individual ingredients) in this snappy, sassy and jazzy drama about the effects that a good meal can have on relationships amidst a possible viral outbreak.

Director’s Message/Statement
Aruna & Her Palate is my fourth feature film, after Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly, Postcards from the Zoo and Posesif. It is inspired by a novel of the same title, written by my friend, Laksmi Pamuntjak. In this film, the main characters are both people and food–actors Dian Sastrowardoyo, Oka Antara, Hannah Al Rashid, and Nicholas Saputra will share the camera focus with rawon (beef stew), soto ayam (chicken soup), sop buntut (oxtail soup), bakmi kepiting (crab noodles), choi pan, lorjuk and pengkang (glutinous rice and shrimp in pandan). Together with scriptwriter Titien Wattimena, I explored the trail of the culinary delights that Laksmi catalogued in her novel. Aruna & Her Palate is one of my most conversational films–it contains more dialogues than anything I have ever made. I believe that eating and talking and talking while eating, is one of the most appealing human experiences and very cinematic to portray. Whether alone or with company, a person eating is always an intimate sight. We are always given a glimpse of their vulnerability, or even fragility, as a human being. Conversations at the table always affect the taste of the food we eat. And vice versa, what we are eating, and how it tastes, will make its way into our table talk. I dedicate these culinary dreams to the crabs who have given extraordinary flavors to the bakmi kepiting in Pontianak.