Get this: Edwin (yes, just Edwin) says he has “always made the right Oscar predictions since I was very young.” But rather than chose to be an Oscar prognosticator, he decided to make movies because he loves them. When he was young he heard about a film school in Jakarta, Indonesia (the Jakarta Institute of Arts) and “felt I had to see it and try to study there.” The rest is history; Edwin’s films include “Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon,” the first Indonesian short film screened at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes, “Trip To the Wound,” “Hulahoop Soundings,” and “Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly.” He brings “Postcards from the Zoo” to Tribeca 2012.
What it’s about: Lana, who grew up in the zoo, follows a cowboy to the outside world because she longs to be touched, to feel at home, to belong somewhere.
Edwin says: “I love how things come together during production and watching the different directions the film could go towards, because of the many unpredictable elements, especially with this movie, because we were working with animals and a natural setting. Of course, we had a script and months of preparation, but things never went according to plan and I actually really love that, especially when you’re working with a great crew who is practically your family. ”
What do you want the Tribeca audience to come away with? “Hopefully the audience will leave the theater like they have just woken up from a nice dream, and that they will remember it, or parts of it, as a nice memory.”
What’s next: “I want to do something with a thrilling narrative plot and there is already a script with that in mind. Otherwise, I would really love to work on a project somewhere outside Indonesia this time. For my masters degree, I am researching how to evoke smell through images, so right now am collecting references and previous studies.”
Indiewire invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2012 festival.
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Below watch two clips from the film: