(The Jakarta Post/ANN) – Perempuan Tanah Jahanam (Impetigore) (Woman of the Cursed Land – Impetigore), Joko Anwar’s latest horror film, is set to be released in September this year.
Penned by Joko himself, Perempuan Tanah Jahanam was conceptualized more than 10 years ago. “I kept fixing the stories each year while at the same time also searching for the right partner to make this film,” Joko said in an official statement.
A number of celebrated actors were selected to star in the film, namely Tara Basro, Marissa Anita, Asmara Abigail, Ario Bayu and Christine Hakim. Almost all of them have worked with Joko in his previous movies.
For Christine, Perempuan Tanah Jahanam is her debut in horror, as well as her first collaboration with Joko. “Every role is a challenge. When I was offered this role, I felt it was a different challenge,” Christine said, without revealing the name of her character.
Meanwhile, Tara Basro, who worked with Joko in horror flick Pengabdi Setan (Satan’s Slave), praised Joko for being comprehensive. “Joko’s clear vision has helped me in developing my character. Hopefully this film can be enjoyed by the people,” Tara said.
Production for the film starts March 2, with involvement from choreographer Eko Supriyanto, music arrangers Aghi Narottama, Bemby Gusti and Tony Merle and composer Rahayu Supanggah.
Perempuan Tanah Jahanam is the first of three films that are a result of a collaboration among Joko, Ivanhoe Pictures, South Korean entertainment company CJ Entertainment, BASE Entertainment and Indonesian production house RAPI Films.
With operations in Los Angeles, New York and Beijing, Ivanhoe Pictures is perhaps best known for the 2018 film Crazy Rich Asians, while BASE Entertainment was formed in a merger of film companies Salto Films, Million Pictures and Kawi Content. (wir/mut)