Ruma Maida is a 2009 Indonesian film written by Ayu Utami and directed by Teddy Soeriaatmadja. It stars Atiqah Hasiholan, Yama Carlos, Nino Fernandez, and Frans Tumbuan. The film details a woman’s struggle to save a historic house from a developer.
About Ruma Maida in brief
Ruma Maida is a 2009 Indonesian film written by Ayu Utami and directed by Teddy Soeriaatmadja. It stars Atiqah Hasiholan, Yama Carlos, Nino Fernandez, and Frans Tumbuan. The film details a woman’s struggle to save a historic house from a developer. It also shows the life of the house’s original owner, Ishak Pahing. It was nominated for twelve Citra Awards at the 2009 Indonesian Film Festival, of which it won one. Critical reception to the film was mixed; reviewers praised the visuals but disapproved of the plot and dialogue. The screenplay was written by Utami, her first such work; mainly known for her novels, she had avoided screenplays as she thought they were generally too commercially oriented. She decided to focus on education, history, and diversity, which she said could be fun for younger generation to study. Pre-production took three months without any characters written without any drafts, according to the director Teddy soeriaat Madja.
The soundtrack by the band Naif and a song written byUtami – which was produced by Lamp Pictures – premiered on 28 October 2009, the anniversary of the 1928 Youth Pledge. It has been shown in film festivals in Singapore, Australia, and Italy, and won a number of awards for its cinematography, editing, and dialogue, including a Best Director award. It is currently being shown in cinemas in Australia, Singapore, and the UK, and has been released in Italy and the Netherlands, where it is being shown as part of a series of film festivals called “Indonesia Through the Back Door” (Indonesian Through The Back Door) which runs until the end of the year in Australia and the beginning of the next year in the UK. It will also be shown in the U.S. in the summer of 2014, and in the United States in the fall of 2014. For more information, visit www.lamppictures.com/indonesia-through-the-back-door/ruma-maida-by-teddy-soeriaat-madja-and-nino-fernando-sorento.