Magazine article Screen International

Harry Potter May End Indonesia's US Film Drought

Magazine article Screen International

Harry Potter May End Indonesia's US Film Drought

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Indonesian officials say that Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 will be released in Indonesia this weekend, ending a five-month dispute between MPAA members, the Indonesian government and local distributors.

However, there is some confusion over whether the film will actually be released. It's understood that there is still no license between Warner Bros and the film's local distributor, Omega Film, and local exhibitors say they have yet to sign screening contracts with Omega.

The dispute started in February when Indonesia's Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced a huge increase in taxes on imported movies, which appeared to be an attempt to protect the local film industry.

The MPAA members - Paramount, Sony, Disney, Fox, Warner Bros and Universal - withdrew their films from Indonesia in protest at the tax.

Around the same time, it emerged that the tax hike was not aimed at the US studios. The government was actually trying to recover millions of dollars in unpaid taxes and royalties from the local sub-distributors of Hollywood films. …

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