It’s Not An All Night Fair is a short novel–indeed, more of a short novella–by probably the most famous Indonesian novelist, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Though I haven’t finished the other Toer book I started (All That Is Gone) that’s becaise it’s a collection of short stories, and I often pick my way through those slowly — nothing wrong with the collection, but nothing compels me to read it in one fell swoop. On the other hand, if I couldn’t finish It’s Not An All Night Fair in one go, it’d reflect badly either on the author, or on me.Happily, I did finish it without difficulty: after picking it up last night, I got about halfway through before I fell asleep, and finished it off in the morning. It basically tells the story of a man who, not long after getting out of prison (having served as a political prisoner, of course), receives news that his father is dying, and returns to his hometown from Jakarta to see his father during the old man’s last days.
A prime time comedy SF TV show in Indonesian about a UFO and some people who retrieved it and made friends with the aliens inside. Miss Jiwaku also picked out what seems to be (maybe!) some kind of plot thread involving some kind of device (a drug, maybe?) that makes people smart, and which was malfunctioning, or misrouted, or something, and the “dealer” of that tech who seemed to be in some sort of trouble. I found it bewildering, to be honest. It seems to be a 2010 production, from the one tiny bit of info available on the show’s subpage on the producer’s website.
If you’d like to see the website — though there’s not really more information there than I have here — click on the poster. After the intro, you’ll see a list of TV and film projects, and UFO is under the TV projects. (Among which, I might add, there seem to be a few other SF/fantasy-looking projects, if the posters aren’t just purely metaphorical.)
And by the way, I can’t help but be reminded of India’s “first SF film” (of 2003) Koi… Mil Gaya, which featured an almost-equally fake alien, some cutesy comedic drama, and a plot about intelligence augmentation. One wonders if this is not just an Indonesian revamping of E.T., but rather the Indonesian revamping of the Indian revamping of E.T. (with Rain Man thrown in for good measure, tho Wikipedia claims it’s really an adaptation of a Satyajit Ray story!).