The Science of Fictions (Hiruk-pikuk si al-kisah) (2019)

  • January 29, 2021 | 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Original Title: Hiruk-pikuk si al-kisah
Directed by: Yosep Anggi Noen
Runtime: 106 mins
Country: Indonesia, Malaysia, France
Language: Indonesian
Rating: M18 (Sexual Scene)


Asian Cinema Observer Recommendation Award

Special Mention: International Competition


In 1962, the quiet Siman encounters a foreign film crew staging a fake moon landing in a desolate part of Indonesia. His tongue is cut out to preserve his silence. After the traumatising incident, Siman remains frozen in that moment. Fifty years later, he is still lost in dreams of being an astronaut. He wears a homemade spacesuit and builds himself a ship from trash. His muteness and strange, slow-motion gait mimicking movement in space make him a target for scorn and exploitation. Labeled as crazy by the rest of the village, Siman is the only person who knows about history’s biggest lie.

The non-linear story plays out during a number of historic moments, told in different ways as time passes, including the moon landing, Suharto’s coup and the subsequent communist persecutions.

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