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In July 1996, riots break out in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital. Wiji Thukul, an important critical and political poet, and a few other activists are designated as suspects and the police starts looking for them. Wiji has no choice but to leave his town, Solo, to escape to Borneo, 3,000 kilometers away.
Now a fugitive, Wiji starts his exile in fear. What if he was recognized and arrested? On the road he is helped, protected and fed by activists who take him from house to house, from village to village away from the center of the repression. He soon moves in the home of a young couple, who helps him find a small job. Writing poems, short stories and changing identity slowly help him find a certain peace. But in his mind and heart remain his wife, Sipon, and their two children left behind in Solo. There, under constant surveillance and pressure from the police, his family tries to go on with their daily life. One day Wiji can’t take it anymore. He wants to go home. Never mind the danger and the lack of money. What is life if you can’t be with the ones you love?
SOLO, SOLITUDE premiered in the Concorso Cineasti del presente competition in Locarno 2016.
YOSEP ANGGI NOEN
The Indonesian filmmaker Yosep Anggi Noen was born in 1983.His first feature film Peculiar Vacation and Other Illnesses premiered in 2012 in Locarno, where it received a special mention. His short film A Lady Caddy Who Never Saw a Hole in One won best short film at Busan IFF 2013 and the Grand Prix of Tokyo Short Short FF 2014. His last short film Love Story Not was screened in Busan 2015 and Rotterdam 2016. Solo, Solitude, his second feature, has premiered in the Concorso Cineasti del presente competition in Locarno 2016.