10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2018 Feature Film)

Mouly SURYA | Indonesia | 2017 | color | DCP | 95′ | Indonesian | e.s.

In this unconventional, slightly absurdist revenge Western set in the Far East, widow Marlina goes in search of justice. Her journey through the inhospitable countryside of the Indonesian island Sumba brings her unexpected allies and reveals unsuspected, powerful aspects of her character.

The countryside on the Indonesian island Sumba is an inhospitable place – particularly for women. Marlina finds this out painfully when a gang of robbers breaks into her home demanding her virtue, and her livestock. Recovering from the initial shock, she decides not to give in without a fight. The bare landscape is the perfect setting for this revenge Western, with a laconic yet determined Marlina in the lead role. The people she meets on her path to justice accept her mission as a matter of course, along with the fact that she carries the head of one of her tormentors around with her.

This story, full of dry humor and accompanied by an atmospheric soundtrack, unfolds in tightly framed shots of the photogenic landscape and the mystical interior of Marlina’s wooden house. The original idea for the film, included in Cannes’ Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, was by IFFR veteran Garin Nugroho, who thought a woman should tell the story.

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 20:15

Duration: 1:13

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 21:15

Duration: 1:13

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 15 April 2018

Time: 16:00

Duration: 1:13

Year in





Yunus Pasolang


Marsha Timothy
Dea Panendra
Egy Fedly
Yoga Pratama




Kelvin Nugroho






Yudhi Kurniawan
Zeke Khaseli


Fauzan Rizal
Rama Adi

Production Company

Kaninga Pictures

Production Design

Frans Paat


Asian Shadows


Mouly Surya
Rama Adi
Garin Nugroho

Sound Design

Khikmawan Santosa

Year of Production


Mouly SURYA (1980, Indonesië) ontving haar BA in Media en Literatuur aan de Swinburne University, waarna ze haar MA Film en Televisie afrondde op Bond University. Haar geprezen debuutfilm Fiksi (2008) won vele prijzen, waaronder Beste Regie op JIFFEST 2008. Haar tweede lange film What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (2013) ontving de NETPAC Award op International Film Festival Rotterdam. Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017) is Surya’s eerste internationale coproductie. Naast haar werk als filmmaker heeft ze regie gedoceerd in Jakarta.



Fiksi/Fiction (2008), Yang tidak dibicarakan ketika membicarakan cinta/What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love (2013), Marlina si pembunuh dalam empat babak/Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017)