Joko Anwar, writer and director of SATAN’S SLAVES

Joko Anwar, born 3 January 1976 in Medan, North Sumatera, has been enjoying commercial succes and critical acclaim as writer and director.

The first film that he wrote, ARISAN! (2003) won numerous awards at home and abroad and was hailed as a groundbreaking movie in Indonesia. His directorial debut, JANJI JONI (JONI’S PROMISE, 2005) was box office smash comedy and was highly praised by international critics. His next film, the genre-bending KALA (2007) was called out one of the best films of the year by Sight and Sound Magazine who cited Anwar as one of the smartest filmmakers in Asia. His third feature, PINTU TERLARANG (FORBIDDEN DOOR, 2009) won top prize at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and was internationally acclaimed. His next film, MODUS ANOMALI (2012) made it to the international market and also received praises from critics. His A COPY OF MY MIND (2015) competed at Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in 2015.


PENGABDI SETAN (SATAN’S SLAVES) who was released last year is his first horror feature. The film broke record as the highest grossing Indonesian horror film of all time, was the highest grossing Indonesian film in 2017, got sold to more than 42 countries and won the most awards at the Indonesian equivalent of The Oscars. The film also recorded the highest grossing Indonesian film released in other countries including in Malaysia.

Joko Anwar is member of the jury of the Competition Program of CinemAsia 2018. During the CinemAsia Film Festival Joko Anwar will be present for Q & A’s after the screening of his film. Check the Film Programme for the exact dates and times.

  • Satan's Slaves (Pengabdi Setan)


ARISAN! (2003), writer
JANJI  JONI (JONI’S PROMISE) (2005), writer/director
KALA (DEADTIME) (2007), writer/ director
QUICKIE EXPRESS (2007), writer
FIKSI (2008), writer
PINTU TERLARANG (FORBIDDEN DOOR) (2009), writer/director
MODUS ANOMALI (2012), writer/ director
A COPY OF MY MIND (2015), writer/ director
HALFWORDS (TV-SERIES, 2015), director
PENGABDI SETAN (SATAN’S SLAVES) (2017), writer/director