Semi-biograph­ical narra­tive in which the protag­o­nist director Hans Hylkema, goes in search of the historic past of the former Indone­sian pres­i­dent Sukarno. In the archives of the Theatre Insti­tute in Amsterdam, Hylkema finds a film in which Pres­i­dent Sukarno stars in a play he wrote himself, performed in the Trop­ical Insti­tute. Incredulity is the reac­tion, because offi­cially the pres­i­dent has never been to Holland. This is followed by a recon­struc­tion of the best kept secret of Soest­dijk Palace: the secret visit by Sukarno to Queen Juliana in the spring of 1949. In the form of a docu­men­tary, histor­ical archive footage and fictional mate­rial are used to frame the find of Sukarno’s play. The story of a charis­matic leader who loved his country, people, women, art and above all himself.

Title: Soekarno Blues
Year: 1999
Duration : 1 hour, 17 minutes
Category: Long TV drama
Edition: NFF 2000

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