Everything you need to know about Netflix’s ‘Photocopier’

by Matthew Escosia
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By: Niel Anthony Lajot

Netflix has just recently dropped the trailer for the award-winning Indonesian mystery thriller Photocopier, and audiences around the world can’t get enough of it!

This film had its world debut at the Busan Film Festival last year as part of the New Currents competition. It has also received numerous accolades at the Festival Film Indonesia, where it nabbed Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Cinematography.

Photocopier follows Sur (Shenina Syawalita Cinnamon), who has lost her scholarship after images of her at a party were leaked online. She seeks the assistance of her friend, Amin (Chicco Kurniawan), to piece together what happened in the night. Together, the pair uncovers suspenseful twists and turns as things spiral out of control in their pursuit of truth and justice.

Written and directed by Wregas Bhanuteja, the film also stars Lutesha Kurnia, Jerome Kurnia, Dea Panendra, Giulio Parengkuan, Lukman Sardi and Ruth Marini. It is produced by Adhyaksa Ekatama and Ajish Dibyo, with cinematography by Gunnar Nimpuno.

Still from Netflix

With Photocopier, Director Raphael Wregas Bhanuteja created a sensitive portrayal of sexual assault, showing a horrific world where gender-based violence and victim-blaming is normalized. Bhanuteja and his colleagues had previously spent a year investigating the issue, which included establishing contacts with sexual assault victims. They started talking to anti-rape activists, including actress Hannah Al Rashid, who worked on the film’s screenplay.

Aside from the relevant topic, the masterful storytelling has captured audiences and critics alike, resulting in accolades, critical acclaim, and a rare 100% rating on review aggregate website Rotten Tomatoes.

Catch Photocopier on Netflix and share your thoughts with us in the comment section!

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