Joko Anwar


Joko Anwar was born in Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia on January 3rd, 1976 and is the Director. At the age of 48, Joko Anwar biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

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January 3, 1976
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Medan, Sumatra, Indonesia
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Actor, Film Critic, Film Director, Film Producer, Journalist, Screenwriter
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Bandung Institute of Technology
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Joko Anwar Life

Joko Anwar (born 3 January 1976) is an Indonesian filmmaker.

He began as a journalist, film critic, and later as a writer and actor before becoming a filmmaker.

He is best known for his roles in the romantic comedy film Promise (2005), noir thriller Dead Time (2009), drama film A Copy of My Mind (2015), horror film Satan's Slaves (2017), and superhero film Gundala (2019).

Early life

Anwar was born in Medan, North Sumatera, where he grew up watching kung fu and horror films. He went to SMA Negeri 1 Medan, a public school, and spent a year in the United States as an exchange student at the Wheeling Park High School in West Virginia. As a student, he wrote and directed plays. Although he wanted to study filmmaking seriously, he decided to enroll in Aeronautical Engineering at the prestigious Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) because his family could not afford to send him to a film academy. After graduating in 1999, he became a writer and film critic at The Jakarta Post.

In Sekar Ayu Asmara's debut film production, Biola Tak Berdawai, Anwar's first film production experience began as an assistant director.


Joko Anwar Career


During a interview with Nia Dinata, who was receiving praise for her 2002 debut Ca-bau-kan, The Jakarta Post's Anwar impressed the filmmaker, who in turn invited him to participate in a project she was working on. The two co-wrote the screenplay for what would be Dinata's biggest hit to date Arisan. In 2003, the first computer was released. At the 2004 Citra Award, the 2004 MTV Indonesia Movie Awards, and the 2004 Bandung Film Festival, the film received rave reviews and snatched multiple Best Film awards. Dinata and Anwar received a Citra Award nomination for Best Screenplay.

Anwar made his directorial debut in 2005 with the romantic comedy Joni's Promise (Janji Joni), starring Nicholas Saputra, Mariana Renata, Rachel Maryam, Surya Saputra, and scores of celebrities cameos, including Nia Dinata, who wrote a story based on a story he first wrote in 1998. The film launched Anwar to mainstream success as it became a box office hit, winning nine nominations at the 2005 Citra Awards, including Best Film and Best Director for Anwar, losing to Gie and Hanung Bramantyo (Brownies) respectively. Barry Prima, an international martial artist and actor who is Anwar's childhood hero, is credited with resurgenting Barry Prima's career.

Joko Anwar wrote and directed Dead Time: Kala, Indonesia's first film noir feature film. While naming Anwar as one of Asia's finest filmmakers, it received rave reviews from critics for Sight & Sound, who rated it as one of the year's best films. Several film festivals were screening the film at various film festivals and it was awarded the Jury Prize at the 2007 New York Asian Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter praised the film as "a sophisticated noir whodunit in honor of Fritz Lang's M." Anwar wrote the screenplay for two other major publications this year: Dimas Djayadiningrat's sex comedy Quickie Express and an adaptation of Moammar Emka's best-selling book, Jakarta Undercover. At the 2008 Jakarta International Film Festival, the former won Best Film.

Anwar co-wrote the screenplay for Mouly Surya's debut in 2008. The film was a huge hit and has received worldwide attention. The 2008 Citra Award received ten nominations and won four, including Best Screenplay, and Anwar received his first Citra Award.

In his forthcoming film, The Forbidden Door (Pintu Terlarang), which was released in 2009, Anwar explored the psychological thriller genre. The film, starring Fachri Albar and Marsha Timothy as a married couple with dark secrets, received significant worldwide attention. Richard Corliss, a film reviewer for TIME magazine, said that the film could be "Anwar's calling card for international service if only Hollywood moguls wanted something out of their own narrow range" and that it is "an example of what movies could be but rarely dare to try." Maggie Lee of The Hollywood Reporter said that it "would make [Alfred] Hitchcock and [Pedro] Almodóvar proud] while celebrating Anwar's "accessorizing] his traumatic suspense-horror with a stunning array of auteur-homages. The film was shown at many international film festivals, including The Times BFI London Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, where it received the Best of Bucheon award. He appeared in Macabre, Timo Tjahjanto's, and Kimo Stamboel's breakout slasher hit in the same year. He appeared in Sammaria Simanjuntak's satirical comedy Demi Ucok in 2013.

Modus Anomali, a horror-thriller that premiered in Indonesia in April 2012, was Anwar's next generation. Rio Dewanto, the hottest actor in the Anwar period, plays a father who must save his family from a killer who is after them. The film was screened at the South by Southwest, where it received mostly rave reviews, including Richard Kuipers of Variety, who called it a "brave" and that "this ambitious arthouse entry will leave a lasting impression on many auds." It was renamed Ritual in France and North American release when it was unveiled.

Anwar produced A Copy of My Mind, his fifth feature film starring Chicco Jerikho and Tara Basro in the lead roles in 2015. The film, which was shot in 8 days, was the only film from Southeast Asia to be shown at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. The film was nominated for seven awards, including Best Film with Anwar winning Best Director for the first time and Basro winning Best Actress in addition to another award for sound mixing.

In his first supernatural horror film, Anwar made his sixth feature film Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan) in 2017. Satan's Slaves, a loose interpretation of the 1980 cult classic of the same name, is the highest-grossing Indonesian film of all time as well as the country's highest-grossing horror film with 4.2 million admissions. It also did well in other countries, including becoming the first-grossing Indonesian film to be released in Malaysia. The film received 7 out of its 13 nominations at the 37th Citra Awards. The film received the Feature Film Jury Prize at the second Overlook Film Festival. For Stip & Pensil's screenplay, Anwar co-wrote the screenplay, as well as Ernest Prakasa and Bene Dion Rajahu, who were nominated at the 2017 Citra Awards for Best Original Screenplay.

Anwar appeared in small acting roles in seven films between 2017 and 2018. Galih & Ratna, My Generation, The Underdogs, Daysleepers, 27 Steps of May, and Ave Maryam are among the Malaysian crime thriller Fly by Night.

In 2018, Anwar will oversee the live-action version of the comic book superhero character Gundala. The film was released in August 2019 in the first phase ofbourgh's first film series, as well as other well-known Indonesian comic book superhero characters. It premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival's Midnight Madness section. Gundala was nominated for nine films and three for cinematography, sound mixing, and visual effects at the 2019 Citra Awards. Orang Kaya Baru, a comedy drama that was released in January 2019, was released earlier this year. Anwar wrote the screenplay for the film and was given another Citra Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

In October 2019, Anwar released the folk horror Impetigore (Perempuan Tahanam) as his eighth feature film, gaining critical and commercial success. Anwar received his second Citra Award for Best Director as well as a nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category at the 2019 Citra Awards. In addition, Kimo Stamboel's adaptation of Indonesian horror film The Queen of Black Magic received another award in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. With 14 nominations in 2018, Impetigore's 17 nominations tied for the most nominations received by a film that was previously held by Mouly Surya's Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts. It premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the United States with generally glowing feedback. Anwar's Josh Hurtado of Screen Anarchy praises him for continuing "to carve out a niche for himself as one of the world's best genre auteurs" as he progresses, "he has an incredibly diverse body of work and it continues to grow as he gets more ambitious." In November 2020, the Impetigore was announced as Indonesia's official submission for the 2021 Academy Awards.

Anwar was confirmed as the executive producer in several films included in the forthcoming Bumilangit Cinematic Universesuperhero series, just short of the film's debut. The first of these films to follow Gundala will be the Upi Avianto-directed Patriot Taruna: Virgo and the Sparklings, but they were originally scheduled for a 2020 release but were postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anwar will have a total of eight films planned for the Volume 1 series, none of which will receive Anwar's attention as the creative director.

Anwar teased his new project on Instagram in July 2020 by posting a collage of all his previous eight films with a ninth image reportedly hinting at his ninth feature. It's on. After nine movies, it's probably a good time to start freshörd. Anwar debuted a trailer for his forthcoming film Satan's Slaves: Communion, a sequel to 2017's Slaves. Anwar would also direct Fritzchen, a science fiction horror film version of Charles Beaumont's short story of the same name.


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