International Competition

Position Among The Stars

Leonard Retel Helmrich
Screening time  
28.02. / Ponedjeljak, 15:00 - 17:00 Dvorana 3  
02.03. / Srijeda, 19:00 - 21:00 Dvorana 1  
03.03. / Četvrtak, 14:00 - 16:00 Dvorana 2  
06.03. / Sunday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 3  
06.03. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
06.03. / Sunday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 4  
For twelve years, filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich has followed an Indonesian family living in the slums of Jakarta.

Just as in his previous two multiple award-winning documentaries ‘The Eye of the Day’ (2001) and ‘Shape of the Moon’ (2004), Retel continues to show us the underlying patterns of life in Indonesia with his revolutionary camera work, offering viewers a microcosm revealing the most important issues in the country’s fast-changing society: corruption, conflict between religions, gambling addiction, the generation gap, and the growing difference between poor and rich. Although the three films are obviously connected, each film is equally strong as a stand-alone feature.

Leonard Retel Helmrich

Leonard Retel Helmrich is a Dutch filmmaker, drama director and cameraman. While filming a demonstration in Indonesia in 1995, Leonard was arrested and imprisoned as a suspected spy, then declared ‘persona non grata’. He was unable to return to Indonesia for two years, during which time he worked as a documentary director and camera operator in the Netherlands. In 1997 Leonard returned to Indonesia to make the first documentary in a trilogy set before, during and after the period when Suharto resigned as Indonesia’s leader. The trilogy uses Leonard’s pioneering camera style, ‘single-shot cinema’, involving long takes with a constantly moving camera. The trilogy’s initial instalment, ‘The Eye of the Day’ (2001) made Leonard’s reputation as a world-class filmmaker. The sequel, ‘The Shape of the Moon’, won Best Documentary in the World Docs Competition at Sundance in 2005, and the Joris Ivens Award at the 2004 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). ‘Promised Paradise’ (2006), was banned in Indonesia, due to its controversial subject. Having completed ‘The Burning Season’, Leonard concluded his trilogy with the final film – ‘The Position Among the Stars’.

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Stand van de Sterren

2010, 111', color, video

Directed by:
Leonard Retel Helmrich

Ismail Fahmi Lubish, Leonard Retel Helmrich

Edited by:
Jasper Naaijkens

Danang Faturahman, Fahmy Al-Attas

Hetty Naaijkens-Retel Helmrich

Produced by:
Scarabeefilms, HUMAN Broadcasting

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2010 - Best Feature-length Documentary,

Best Dutch Documentary 2010

Sundance Film Festival 2011 - World Cinema Special Jury Prize