Netflix announced a list of upcoming Indonesian movies and TV series on Friday. The company says this is its most ambitious reach in the populous and influential Southeast Asian country.
The seven new titles span the sci-fi, comedy, and period drama genres and involve top creators Joho Anwar (“Satan’s Slaves,” “Impetigore”), Timo Tjahjanto (also part of creative duo Mo Brothers), and Kamila Andini. (“The mirror never lies”, “Yuni”). They were announced at an in-person event in Jakarta called Waktu Netflix Indonesia (which translates to “Netflix Indonesia Time”).
The company said the board reflects its “commitment to helping [Indonesian] the industry creates compelling content from the country and brings these stories to the world.”
Tjahjanto has signed a multi-project deal with Netflix. His upcoming action-comedy movie “The Big 4” will be uploaded at the end of the year. It tells the story of a detective who follows the rules of the game and who joins a group of unlucky killers to investigate the murder of her father.
Anwar will present his new sci-fi thriller “Nightmares and Daydreams” about ordinary people who encounter strange phenomena. The series has multiple stories that intersect with each other and lead to a dramatic denouement.
Showrunner Shanty Harmayn, in collaboration with directors Kamila Andini and Ifa Isfansyah, will release Netflix’s first Indonesian period drama, Gadis Kretek, set against the backdrop of the country’s tobacco industry in the 1960s. I think this beautiful story will resonate with audiences everywhere,” Harmayn said in a prepared statement.
Other films and series announced include: “Dear David,” an offbeat coming-of-age story created by Muhammad Zaidy and directed by Lucky Kuswandi; Salman Aristo’s quirky sitcom “Klub Kecanduan Mantan” (also known as “Ex-Addicts Club”); “Hari Ini Akan Kita Ceritakan Nanti” (also known as “Today We Will Talk About That Day), the latest installment in the “Nanti Kita Cerita Tentang Hari Ini” (A Day We Will Talk About Today) universe by director Angga Dwimas Sasongko ; and writer-director-comedian Raditya Dika’s “Komedi Kacau” (also known as Comedy Chaos) series featuring a rare glimpse into the world of comedy; and an unnamed project with writer-director Ernest Prakasa.
“The Indonesian film industry has evolved rapidly in recent years. More and more Indonesian creators and stories are being seen and appreciated by audiences and critics around the world,” said Rusli Eddy, Netflix Indonesia Content Lead.
“Our upcoming Indonesian roster brings you authentic and unique stories, a representation of our country that is rich in history and culture, and brings you high-caliber talent whose significant works have shaped the film industry.”
Previous Indonesian content streamed on Netflix includes “Ali & Ratu Ratu Queens” and “Photocopier”.