Harry Potter in Indonesia ‘Soon:’ Cineplex 21

By webadmin on 06:11 pm Jul 19, 2011
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Hollywood movies, including the final installment in the hugely anticipated Harry Potter series, will be in cinemas by the end of the month or early August at the latest, Indonesia’s biggest movie chain claimed on Tuesday.

“Hopefully, Harry Potter will be shown by the end of July or early August,” Cineplex 21 spokesman Noorca Massardi told the Jakarta Globe on Tuesday. “But all viewers can check the Cineplex 21 Web site.”

Djonny Sjafruddin, head of the Indonesian Cinema Companies Union (GPBSI), said that four Hollywood films would be in Indonesian cinemas by the end of the month in time for Ramadan.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and Kung Fu Panda 2 are two of the four Hollywood films that will be at the cinemas by the end of the month,” Djonny said.

The comments indicate the Hollywood boycott on screening films in Indonesia due to a royalty dispute is nearing an end.

Syamsul Lussa, head of the film department at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, told the Globe that he would not be able to provide any further detailed information until everything became clearer but indicated a resolution was nearing.

“When everything is ready we will make an announcement and it looks like within a week or so,” he said.

Films from Motion Picture Association of America, which includes Walt Disney Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment, have not been shown in the country since Feb. 17, when the studios decided that new local import regulations had “a detrimental impact on the cost of bringing a film into Indonesia.”