5 Most Prominent Movie Directors in Modern Indonesian Film Industry

Indonesian film industry becomes larger from time to time. Many epic Indonesia movies are directed by good directors. Their idea is poured perfectly into the movie so that it makes the audience love to enjoy the movies.

Some directors can make their movies become highly recommended movies to watch than other movies. They come with variations in ideas such as poverty in Indonesia or some issues about religion in Indonesia.

Speaking of the film industry, it is always pioneered by the best crew behind it. Not only the movie producers or the actors but also the movie directors are involved in giving the best effort to keep the movie worth to watch. That is why the best movies always come from the expert movie directors.

Many Indonesian movie directors have consistency to make movies in the Indonesian language so that many Indonesians will love the movies more. They become inspirational figures to the millennials to reach their dream. And here are the five most prominent movie directors in the modern Indonesian film industry.

1. Riri Riza

Riri Riza becomes a pioneer of Indonesian movies in the year of 2000.

Back then, Indonesia was in the lowest level of watching Indonesian movies because Hollywood movies spread through the Indonesian film industry rapidly.

He was awarded so many awards such as Festival Film Bandung 2008, Asian Festival 2013, and Festival Film Indonesia (2016) as the best movie director in Indonesia.

Riri Riza came with a phenomenal movie, Petualangan Sherina (2000). The movie became famous, and after that, one by one movie popped up. This big thing makes the Indonesian film industry thrive rapidly.

Riri Riza’s work always becomes the movie that you should not miss from time to time. His works successfully amaze the audience at any age.

Other best phenomenal movies from Riri Riza such as Gie (2005), Laskar Pelangi (2008), Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 2 (2016), and Bebas (2019). 

2. Rudi Soedjarwo

Next, we have Rudi Soedjarwo as one of the most prominent movie directors in modern Indonesian film industry.

He is also one of the pioneers of the Indonesian film industry besides Riri Riza. The movie he produced that become phenomenal is Ada Apa Dengan Cinta 1 in 2002.

Rudi Soedjarwo is one of the best movie directors in Indonesia. He got so many awards because of his amazing work such as Jakarta International Film Festival in 2006, Festival Film Indonesia in 2004 and 2006, and Festival Film Internasional Bali in 2004 from a movie Mengejar Matahari.

Other Rudi Soedjarwo’s movies are Mengejar Matahari (2004), Mengejar Mas-Mas (2007), Kambing Jantan (2009), Garuda di Dadaku (2011), and many more.

3. Joko Anwar

Another phenomenal Indonesian movie director is Joko Anwar. He is one of the most prominent movie director in horror movies.

Joko Anwar has produced so many movies such as Arisan (2003), Janji Joni (2005), Kala (2007), Pintu Terlarang (2009), A Copy of Mind (2015), Pengabdi Setan (2017), and Gundala (2019).

Those movies became so popular in Indonesia and make him be awarded with so many awards such as Festival Film Indonesia in 2015 and 2017 from Pengabdi Setan movie as one of the most-watched Indonesian movies.

4. Rizal Mantovani

Rizal Mantovani becomes prominent after he directed Jelangkung movie in 2001. His work becomes phenomenal back then and successfully steals the attention of the audience with the horror genre. Almost similar to Joko Anwar, Rizal Mantovani also really loves to make a horror movie. 

Rizal Mantovani does not stop in only one genre, he is not only an expert to make horror movies but also in romance and comedy. His movies about romance are Pupus (2011) and Eiffel… I’m in Love 2 (2018).

Another great movies from him such as the trilogy of Kuntilanak – which were released in 2006, 2007, and 2008, while the new version was released in 2018 and 2019 -, Air Terjun Pengantin (2009), 5cm (2012), Rasuk (2020), and many more.

5. Kamila Andini

Kamila Andini is the daughter of another most prominent movie director in the 90s, Garin Nugroho.

Like father like daughter, she becomes prominent as she won the best movie director in 2011 with her movie, Laut Bercermin. She got a lot of praise from the movie critics in Indonesia.

Kamila Andini becomes an inspirational person for young Indonesian movie directors.

Her career strikes rapidly and her work, Sekala Niskala movie became not only the best movie in Berlin Film Festival 2018, but also won the grand prize International Tokyo Film Festival Filmlex 2017, and Best Youth Feature Film in Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2017.

The movie focused on Bali’s culture, such as the uniqueness of language in Bali Indonesia.

Those are some of the most prominent movie directors in modern Indonesian film industry who are amazingly blowing our minds.

All of them are very inspirational, right? Who is your favorite?