Skip to main content

LEAF ON A PILLOW

Indonesia, 1998 (MIFF 1999, Regional Features)

Director: Garin Nugroho

Leaf on a Pillow depicts the rough and tumble daily life of three young homeless kids on the streets of Yogyakarta. During the day they scrounge a living in the crowded, nar­row streets of the market area of the city. At night they share a deserted corner of the market place with Asih, a middle aged woman who serves as a substitute mother. With the exception of Christine Hakim (Asih) real homeless children comprise the entire cast. In this Cannes 1998 selection, shocking reality sits alongside lyrical moments and images of poignancy and warmth. Director Garin Nugroho's gift is for tackling sensitive social issues without preaching, and eliciting inspired natural performances from his cast.

See also...

LETTERS FOR AN ANGEL

Garin Nugroho's evocative feature, Letters For An Angel, was shot on Sumba, one of the chain of islands in the Nusa Tenggara group, stretching from Bali to Timor. The film mixes documentary and ... More »

OPERA JAWA

An epic musical drawing on the tradition of Javanese theatre, dance and music, Opera Jawa comprises multiple dance troupes and a cast of hundreds. Husband and wife Siti and Setyo are both former ... More »

THE BLINDFOLD

The story of three young people lured into a radical Islamic organisation. ... Crisscrossing between the stories of Rima, a dynamic recruit whose ambition is soon thwarted by Islamic convention; the ... More »

AND THE MOON DANCES

... ... A young boy, full of fear and fascination, covertly watches as his mother performs for an unseen admirer A shot is fired and lives are scarred. Awesome in its intensely erotic, seductive ... More »

Water and Romi

... ... Made on video for an environmental semi­nar (the International seminar on Water) held in Jakarta by the Goethe Institute in December 1991, this film has subsequently won prizes at ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director