Magazine article Screen International

Jaws Dropped at Budget of Bali Opening Night Film

Magazine article Screen International

Jaws Dropped at Budget of Bali Opening Night Film

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Indonesian producer Lavesh M Samtani [pictured] reveals budget of Jakarti Hati as it opened Balinale Film Festival.

It was a jaw-dropping moment when Indonesian producer Lavesh M Samtani revealed that the Balinale Film Festival's opening night film, Jakarta Hati, had been made for only $200,000.

The sixth festival opened this week at a brand new cinema in the not-yet-officially-opened Beachwalk shopping centre, a stone's throw from the beach at Kuta. After the screening of the film and an outdoor performance of traditional dance, guests gathered at a restaurant.

Jakarta-based Gary Hayes, the Indonesian producer on Eat Pray Love, shook his head in disbelief when Samtani mentioned the budget. Shanghai-based Leo Shi Young, executive producer of The Flowers Of War, said that it cost $200,000 just to get a prominent Chinese actress these days.

Jakarta Hati certainly doesn't look like it was made for such a small budget, and ten very well-known local actors appear in the six short films that make up the feature. But filming took place over only ten days, with each story allocated one or two days.

This was made possible by director Salman Aristo's taut script, said Samtani. …

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