Christine Hakim is an Indonesian actress turned producer and one of the most experienced and respected figures in the South East Asian film industry. She has won numerous Best Actress awards for her work in Indonesian cinema and many more awards in Europe and Asia. She has served on film juries for festivals world wide, including Shanghai, Tokyo, Hawaii, Asia Pacific Film Festival, Sydney, Singapore and Fukoama and was a member of the Festival de Cannes Jury in 2002.
Her production company Christine Hakim Film has focused on producing projects for theatrical release. Her first film as producer, Daun Di Atas Bantal (Leaf on a Pillow) was directed by APSA Academy member Garin Nugroho and selected for the Un Certain Regard section at 51st Cannes Film Festival. It also received the award for the Best Picture at Asia Pacific Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the Cinemanila International Film Festival in 1999.
Her second feature as producer, Pasir Berbisik (Whispering Sand) was produced in collaboration with NHK Japan Broadcasting Inc. Directed by APSA Academy member Nan Achnas, the film received awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound at the Asia Pacific International Film festival, 2001 and the Asia Trade Winds Special Jury Prize at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2002.
Serambi (2005), co-directed by three young Indonesian directors and set in Aceh, painted a portrait of the lives of ordinary Acehnese people following the tsunami. It was also made with the backing of NHK, premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2006 and went on to screen in many other prestigious festivals world wide.
Christine’s work is particularly well known in France and Japan, and comprehensive retrospectives of her films have been screened at the Deauville Film Festival in France and at Iwanami Hall in Tokyo.
In 2004 she was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Indonesia and in 2008 she began working on behalf of UNESCO. She has received many international acknowledgements including the French Chevalier de Lourds des Art et Des Lettres and Commandeur dans l’order des Arts et des Lettres, 2003.
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