Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Science of Fictions
(Hiruk-Pikuk Si-Alkisah)

Year: 2019
Language: Indonesian
Run Time: 106 minutes

The Science of Fictions
The Science of Fictions
The Science of Fictions
The Science of Fictions

In 1960s Indonesia, Siman, a local farmer, stumbles upon a foreign film crew shooting a fake moon landing. When he is caught, Siman’s captors cut off his tongue in order to bury the truth. Fifty years later, the trauma of that night keeps him tethered to the past. Siman moves through his daily life in slow motion, fighting gravity as if an astronaut on the moon. He attempts to bare his secret to the local community, dancing in a space suit and living in a homemade spaceship-like structure in the middle of the woods. His antics may attract curious eyes, but will anyone believe Siman’s unspeakable truth? A global fable for the era of fake news, THE SCIENCE OF FICTIONS is steeped in the memory of Indonesia’s Sukarno era and a dreamlike reminder that authority’s ability to shape historical— and even personal—narratives did not come with the advent of the internet. (In Indonesian and Javanese with subtitles) — D.O.

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Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 9:30 PM

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Pan-Asian Cinema

International Narrative Competition


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Principal Cast
Gunawan Maryanto, Ecky Lamoh, Yudi Ahmad Tajudin, Rusini

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