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Asia House Film Festival Opening Gala Night

Above is a still from In The Absence of the Sun

18.00 – 18.30  Drinks Reception at the Dive Bar at the Ham Yard Hotel, Soho

18.30  Indonesian guitarist Boo-boo Sianturi will perform an interlude guitar recital

18.45 – 21.00  Film Screening at The Ham Yard Theatre at the Ham Yard Hotel, Soho

21.00 – 22.00  Post-screening drinks and canapé Reception at the Dive Bar

Tickets are £15 each to include screening, drinks and canapés. They can be purchased from eventbrite at the bottom of this page

Trans-Mongolian: A Long Train Journey (Rubén Sánchez and Cristina Fernandez, Spain, 2013) 4 mins

 A 7500km journey from Beijing to Ulaanbataar then across Siberia to Moscow.

In the Absence of the Sun / Selamat Pagi, Malam (Lucky Kuswandi, Indonesia, 2014) 94 mins 

European Premiere

Director, writer and editor: Lucky Kuswandi

Producers: Sammaria Simanjuntak and Sharon Simanjuntak
Director of Photography: Sony Budi Sasono
Cast: Adinia Wirasti, Ina Panggabean, Dayu Wijanto, Marissa Anita, Dira Sugandi, Trisa Triandesa

The director Lucky Kuswandi will be in conversation with the Festival’s artistic director Jasper Sharp on stage after the screening followed by a Q &A with the audience 

The rapidly-developing cityscape of modern-day Jakarta plays a major role in this tender and heartfelt drama directed by Lucky Kuswandi (Madame X), one of Indonesia’s hottest new talents.

The film follows three women over the course of a single night. 32-year-old Gia returns home after a stint studying in New York to find a culture that has changed beyond all recognition and a soulmate who is no longer the person she once was. 24-year-old Indri, a towel girl at a local gym, seeks out her Prince Charming through internet dating, while the recently widowed Mrs Surya heads out on a journey of self-discovery after learning of her deceased husband’s affair.

In the Absence of the Sun is a real gem, a melancholic evocation of the sights, sounds and smells of this modernising metropolis, which is at once vibrant and beguiling with an adventure around every corner, and lonely, alienating and confusing.

To watch the trailer of In the Absence of the Sun click below:-

Selamat Pagi Malam (In the Absence of the Sun) – Trailer from Soda Machine Films on Vimeo.

The Ham Yard Theatre is a luxury state-of-the-art cinema located inside Soho’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, which is located at 1, Ham Yard, W1D 7DT, on the edge of Soho, just behind Piccadilly Circus tube. For details on how to get to the Ham Yard Hotel click here.

Tickets for the Opening Gala Night, which includes a drinks reception and two screenings, can be purchased below. There are no concessions or Friends discounts for the Opening Gala Night.

These films are being screened as part of the Asia House Film Festival 2015. To read about all the films click here.

To find out more about the Asia House Film Festival 2015 click here.

To watch the trailer of the Asia House Film Festival 2015 see below:-

Asia House Film Festival 2015 Trailer from Asia House on Vimeo.


March 27, 2015
18:00 - 22:00
Event Category:


Asia House


Ham Yard Theatre
1 Ham Yard, London, W1D 7DT United Kingdom
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