Basri & Salma in a Never Ending Comedy is set to screen at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, which will be held on May 16-27, 2023. John Badalu the producer of Basri & Salma confirmed the news through his social media. He said that director Khozy Rizal‘s latest work made history as the first Indonesian short film at Cannes.
Basri & Salma is competing for The Short Film Palme d’Or award. The film competed with 10 short films from various countries in The Short Film Competition category. The short films are La Perra (Colombia and France), As It Was (Poland and Ukraine), Tits (Norway), 27 (France and Hungary), and Le Sexe de Ma Mere (France). Aunque es de Novhe (Spain and France), Poof (USA), Nada de Todo Esto (Argentina and Spain), Wild Summon (UK), and Away (Iceland) were also selected for the category.
11 short films were then selected after competing with 4,288 films from various countries that took part in the selection process. One of the 11 films will be selected as the winner of the Short Film Palme d’Or which will be announced at the closing ceremony on May 27.
John Badalu revealed that the short movie’s achievement was achieved through a long process. It had previously received an injection of post-production funds from the Singapore International Film Festival. They then registered Basri & Salma after completing the entire production late last year. One of them is applying to the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.
John Badalu admitted that at this time, he could not confirm the Basri & Salma representatives who will come to the film festival. He explained that the presence of the film crew and actors had not yet been decided, because they were still asking for financial support for accommodation while they were at the Cannes Film Festival.
Basri & Salma in A Never-Ending Comedy tells the story of Basri (Arham Rizky Saputra) and Salma (Rezky Chiki), a married couple who work as odong-odong servers. The couple have been married for 5 years but have yet to have a child. This situation also puts them under pressure from relatives and extended family. The pressure and questions from relatives lead them to reveal the big secret behind the reason why Basri and Salma don’t have children. Basri & Salma in a Never-Ending Comedy is directed by Khozy Rizal, a director known for Makassar is a City for Football Fans (2021) and Ride to Nowhere (2022).
source: CNN Indonesia