ARUNA & LIDAHNYA
Indonesia, 90 minutes, color
Producers : Meiske Taurisia, Muhammad Zaidy
Writer : Laksmi Pamuntjak
Director : Edwin
Aruna is in her mid-30s and happily and proudly single. She is an epidemiologist but her real passion is eating. She thinks and obsesses about food 24/7. When she is dispatched to investigate curious cases of Avian Flu in several cities in the Indonesian archipelago, she brings along her two best friends, the quirky US-trained chef Bono, and the impossibly chid food and travel writer Nadezhda to eat along with her. Insights on food, local history, religion and Indonesian politics merge as they find out more that what they bargained for in cities as diverse as Surabaya, Pamekasan (Madura), Pontianak, and Sing-kawang. During her trip, Aruna accidentally meets her ex-rival and crush, Farish, which later on she senses something fishy about him. This is a film about Aruna’s journey finding the authentic delicious cuisines, investigating the curious cases, and dealing with her unfinished past businesses.