Aruna & Her Palate
Epidemiologist Aruna (Dian Sastrowardoyo) is sent to investigate a reported outbreak of Bird Flu all over Indonesia. Her chef friend Bono (Nicholas Saputra) comes along for the ride, steering her into a culinary tour in search of a nasi goreng (fried rice) recipe. Things get testy when Aruna’s old flame Farish (Oka Antara), arrives to monitor her work. The discovery of government foul play stirs unpredictability into the pot.
The archipelago boasts incredible diversity in culture and geography, which finds glorious expression in its cuisine. Based on Laksmi Pamuntjak’s bestseller, Aruna fulfils every foodie’s dream. It’s also a delightful road movie, buoyed by the incomparable chemistry of Ada Apa dengan Cinta? co-stars Sastrowardoyo and Saputra. Festival darling Edwin (Posesif) retains a subversive streak while getting the hang of commercial filmmaking. Beneath the fizzy romance, the film possesses a political heart that beats for the nation’s plight.
Dian Sastrowardoyo, Oka Antara, Hannah Al Rashid, Nicholas Saputra