Berlinale

Autobiography

Synopsis
Rakib is a male housekeeper who works in a mansion that belongs to Purna, a retired general who is running in the local election. One day, Purna’s campaign poster is vandalised. Rakib helps to find the culprit, kicking off an increasingly terrifying chain of events.

Director’s note
During the Indonesian military dictatorship, my father was a teacher in the State owned School in our village. He was a timid man. He did only what the government wanted him to do. Even after the dictatorship had ended, my father still thought that things were better under the regime – that the solution for the problems in the present is to revert to the glorious past. Autobiography is my counterbalance to his idea.
Taking the form of a character-driven suspense drama, Autobiography portrays an intense relationship between two characters that embodies many elements: father and son, master and slave, old and young, military and civilian, past and present.

Director: Makbul Mubarak
Producers: KawanKawan Media (Indonesia), Potocol (Singapore), In Vivo Films (France), Niko Film (Germany)
German WCF partner: Niko Film
World sales: Les Films du Losange (France)

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in November 2019
Funding amount: 40.000 €