Prenjak in Cannes! Congratulations, Wrega from Jogja!

How nice to see that a young Indonesian director has won a prize at the Cannes Film Festival!


And Wregas Bhanutedja’s winning entry, Prenjak/In The Year of the Monkey,  sounds a lot more fun than a lot of the stuff screened there – and certainly must be better than that prat Penn’s well-jeered ‘block-buster.’ 

Har-Har-Har! Pinko Penn, Panned in Cannes!


I note that Wregas is from Jogjakarta, but the plot will strike a chord with many of us who live here in Jakarta.

The 12-minute short movie centers around widow Diah, who offers a single matchstick for Rp 10,000 ( 73 US cents ) to a man named Jarwo during her lunch break at work.

At the same time, Diah offers a more interesting deal, in which Jarwo would have the opportunity to take a peek at Diah’s body by lighting up the match in a dark place.

Quite so.

Yoho, Jarwo!


I have often said that one of the joys of living here is that when you wake up each morning you never know WHAT the hell is going to happen in the course of your day!

And for sure, going just about anywhere to sit down for a bite to eat, in a humble warung or a mall food court, can result in all kinds of unexpected adventures.

Must find somewhere to watch this.

Oh, and I gather this other film from Cannes, First look at explosive Hillary documentary, ‘Clinton Cash  would be an eye-opener for those who think the Clinton clique is any better than some of those Indonesian politicians whose greed for power and money lands them in hot water here.


TD Bank never engaged Bill Clinton to speak during his first eight years out of the White House. But in 2009, four days after Hillary was nominated as secretary of state, Bill made the first of a string of speeches for which TD paid almost $2 million.

An astounding amount.

  • And guess what? TD Bank was the single largest shareholder in the Keystone XL pipeline, which required State Department approval. Lo and behold, Hillary Clinton decided to support the pipeline — a heresy to environmentalists… 

Typical Clinton caper. But the film evidently covers many more, all much more alarming than a chance meeting with a strange lady selling matches in a Jakarta eatery!  

Mind you, any such vendors would need to be very wary about approaching William the Cigar-Man with their wares.