23jul6:00 pm10:00 pmAn Exploration of Indonesian Film and Cuisine Comes to the Backlot Cinema“Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts” is Paired with a Pop-Up Restaurant by Kaki Lima6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Event Organized By: Epsilon Spires
At six p.m. on Friday, July 23rd, a very special restaurant event by the Indonesian pop-up Kaki Lima will
At six p.m. on Friday, July 23rd, a very special restaurant event by the Indonesian pop-up Kaki Lima will precede a screening of Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (2017), a feminist tale of vigilante justice that was only the fourth Indonesian film to ever be shown at the Cannes Film Festival. The dinner and screening will take place in the parking lot of the arts organization Epsilon Spires in downtown Brattleboro.
Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts tells the story of a young widow who exacts revenge on the band of men who rob and assault her in her home in rural Indonesia. The film, which was shot during the dry season in a region of Indonesia that resembles the deserts of the American West, draws stylistic influence from the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s and 70s—albeit with a distinctly feminist twist.
“I love the film’s message about women’s struggle everyday in a male-dominated society,” says chef Retno Pratiwi of Kaki Lima, who considers Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts to be one of her favorite Indonesian movies of all time. “The female characters are strong, always in a survivalist mode. Those skills and instincts are passed on through generations, making women instinctively creative and brave,” she adds.
Kaki Lima is designing an elaborate multi-course Indonesian meal made from local ingredients for the event, which is inspired by the cuisine where the film is set. “My partner and I traveled to that part of Indonesia when we were researching recipes,” says Pratiwi, adding that “the film is beautifully shot, and really captures the spirit of that region.”
Authenticity is key to the food that Kaki Lima serves, which can result in interesting challenges in parts of the world where traditional Indonesian ingredients are not readily available. “We always source our ingredients locally, which can often dictate what the final menu looks like. But it will always taste unmistakably Indonesian,” says Pratiwi.
Kaki Lima creates the taste of Indonesia through bringing special, hard-to-find spices with them when they travel for pop-ups, and finding “local ingredients that are similar to those in Indonesia, or that can be combined to mimic the flavors,” says Pratiwi.
She adds that when Kaki Lima arrives in a new place for an event, they visit local farms to “get an understanding of the bounty of the place, and then try our best to incorporate local ingredients into the Indonesian flavor.”
The evening is part of the ongoing Backlot Cinema Series hosted by Epsilon Spires, which presents an eclectic array of current and classic films under the stars every Friday night throughout the summer. It is the first installment of the series to feature a dinner paired thematically with the film.
Tickets for the dinner and screening are sold separately, and drinks will be available for purchase throughout the evening. To buy tickets for the dinner, which are $50 per person, visit Kaki Lima’s website at www.kakilimanyc.com/events. Tickets for all Backlot Cinema screenings can be purchased for $10 at www.epsilonspires.org/backlotcinema. Please note that spots for the dinner are limited and will likely sell out, so it is recommended to get your tickets as early as possible.
(Friday) 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Epsilon SpiresJamie Mohr 190 Main Street