10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Memories of My Body (Kucumbu tubuh indahku) (2019 Feature Film)

Garin Nugroho | Indonesia | 2018 | color | DCP | 106′ | Indonesian, Javanese | e.s.

A sensitive Javanese boy explores his sexual identity through a dance company where male and female merge in a sensual way. In the wider world around him he sees only violence and intolerance. A poetic-realistic coming-of-age story, based on the life of dancer Rianto.

Juno, a sensitive boy in a village on Java, struggles with confusing impressions following the sudden departure of his father. Juno practices with a traditional Lengger dance company, where male dancers can assume female forms. He is attracted by the sensuality of this, but he is also shocked when he sees how seduction can lead to violence. He begins to discover his own sexual identity while becoming friends with a young boxer and an old dance teacher.

Modern politics and traditional Indonesian dance, masculinity and femininity merge in this new film from Garin Nugroho, a versatile filmmaker who has regularly attended IFFR. Using straightforward means, he creates an impression of complex emotional and social relations at the time of Suharto’s resignation. The last episode is the most politically charged in this at times enchanting, at times realistic-poetic story. Inspired by the life of choreographer and dancer Rianto, who himself acts as a narrator through mini-performances and poignant recollections: “My body is my home.”

Place: The Cinemas 4

Date: 11 April 2019

Time: 13:00

Duration: 1:32

Place: The Cinemas 3

Date: 13 April 2019

Time: 14:45

Duration: 1:32

Year in



Garin Nugroho


Teoh Gay Hian


Muhammed Khan
Raditya Evandra
Sujiwo Tejo
Teuku Rifnu Wikana
Randy Pangalila
Whani Darmawan




Greg Arya






Mondo Gascaro


Ifa Isfansyah
Matthew Jordan

Production Company

Fourcolours Films

Production Design

Ong Hari Wahyu
Edy Wibowo


Asian Shadows


Garin Nugroho

Sound Design

Khikmawan Santosa

Year of Production


Garin NUGROHO (1961, Indonesië) voltooide in 1985 de filmacademie van Jakarta. Sindsdien heeft hij een indrukwekkend oeuvre van speelfilms, documentaires en korte films opgebouwd. Nugroho is tevens filmcriticus voor verschillende Indonesische kranten en docent aan de Indonesische universiteit. In 1999 opende IFFR met zijn speelfilm Leaf on a Pillow en sindsdien werden de meeste van zijn films in Rotterdam vertoond. Zijn film Opera Jawa (2006) werd geselecteerd voor verschillende filmfestivals, waaronder IFFR en de filmfestivals van Venetië en Toronto.



Tepuk Tangan (1986, doc), Menyuling minyak (1988, doc), Tanah tantangan di nusa tenggara timur (1989, doc), Air dan romi (1991, doc), Cinta dalam sepotong roti/Love on a Slice of Bread (1992), Surat untuk bidadari/A Letter to an Angel (1994), Bulan tertusuk ilalang/And the Moon Dances (1995), Daun di atas bantal/Leaf on a Pillow (1998), My Family, My Films and My Nation (1998, doc), Dongeng kancil untuk kemerdekaan/Kancil’s Tale of Freedom (1999, doc), Puisi tak terkuburkan/A Poet (2000), Tanjang Priok / Jakarta (2001, short doc), Rembulan di ujung dahan (2002, TV), Aku ingin menciummu sekali saja/Birdman Tale (2002), Trilogi politik/Political Trilogy (2004, short), Rindu kami padamu/Of Love and Eggs (2004), Serambi (2005, doc), Opera Jawa (2006), Dibawah pohon/Under the Tree (2008), Teak Leaves at the Temples (2008, doc), Generasi biru/The Blue Generation (2009, doc, co-dir), Transformation, Ghosts in Garin Nugroho’s House (2009, instal), Mata tertutup/The Blindfold (2012), Soegija (2012), Guru Bangsa: Tjokroaminoto (2015), Aach… aku jatuh cinta/Chaotic Love Poems (2015), Nyai/A Woman from Jawa (2016), Mooncake Story (2017), Kucumbu tubuh indahku/Memories of My Body (2018)