Badarawuhi di Desa Penari: the First Filmed for IMAX Movie in Southeast Asia

Mar 8, 2024

Prequel to the Smash Hit “Kkn Curse of the Dancing Village” Gets Exclusive IMAX Release


JAKARTA, INDONESIA—6 Maret 2024, MD Pictures is thrilled to announce the exclusive IMAX release of “BADARAWUHI DI DESA PENARI” across Indonesia on April 2024. BADARAWUHI DI DESA PENARI is an Indonesian horror film and the prequel to the 2022 smash-hit “KKN Curse of the Dancing Village”, which shattered box office records across Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. 


“Badarawuhi di Desa Penari will become the first Filmed for IMAX release in Southeast Asia, and it is a tremendous honor for MD Pictures to once again become a pioneer for Indonesian movies. As always, we strive continuously to solidify our dedication to shaping the future of Indonesian cinema on the global stage while spearheading cinematic innovation in the region” said Manoj Punjabi, CEO and Founder of MD Pictures.


“Badarawuhi di Desa Penari” was shot with IMAX-certified digital cameras and marks the first local Southeast Asian film released as part of the exclusive Filmed For IMAX program. The film will feature IMAX-exclusive Expanded Aspect Ratio, with certain scenes expanding to fill the entirety of the screen and maximizing the viewing experience. 


“We’re thrilled to collaborate with MD Pictures to bring the epic follow-up to the hit film “KKN Curse of the Dancing Village” to IMAX,” said Christopher Tillman, VP of International Development and Distribution at IMAX. “Anticipation is at a fever pitch for this film, and we couldn’t be more excited to transport fans back to desa penari for an unforgettable experience in IMAX.”


“Cinema XXI is dedicated to screening high-quality movies, both domestic and international, throughout the year, including the Eid holiday period. We are excited that the Badarawuhi di Desa Penari movie becomes the first Southeast Asian movie released as part of the exclusive filmed for IMAX program. Indonesian moviegoers will soon be able to enjoy Badarawuhi di Desa Penari at thirteen (13) IMAX locations across the country: Gandaria City IMAX, Kelapa Gading IMAX, Margo City IMAX, The Park Semarang IMAX, Summarecon Mall Bandung IMAX, Bintaro Xchange 2 IMAX, Summarecon Mal Serpong IMAX, Summarecon Mal Bekasi IMAX, The Breeze IMAX, Pakuwon Mall IMAX, Tunjungan 5 IMAX, Delipark IMAX, AEON Mall Sentul City IMAX,” said Dewinta Hutagaol, Head of Corporate Communications & Brand Cinema XXI.


“Badarawuhi di Desa Penari” combines the stellar directing of Kimo Stamboel, with the power of IMAX’s certified digital cameras, ultra-large screen and signature sound to bring the eerie landscapes of desa penari and stunning action of the film to life. The film will be released in theatres all over Indonesia on 10th April 2024.


About MD Pictures

MD Pictures is one of the largest media companies in Indonesia and the first national film company listed on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) with the code FILM. With an integrated system and advanced facilities covering the entire production chain, MD Pictures is always ready to entertain, educate, and inspire the audience, pioneering the Indonesian film industry through innovation and collaboration to produce high-value film products.


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About Cinema XXI 

Cinema XXI, operates under the auspices of PT Nusantara Sejahtera Raya Tbk, is the largest cinema chain operator in Indonesia with 35 years of experience in the film exhibition industry. Cinema XXI is committed to always providing the best moviegoing experience and convenience for the people of Indonesia.


As of September 30, 2023, Cinema XXI has presented 1,250 screens in 232 cinema locations across 56 cities throughout Indonesia. In 2006, Cinema XXI launched m.tix to facilitate SMS-based cinema ticket ordering which was then developed into an online-based application. 


In 2012, Cinema XXI presented a movie-viewing experience with revolutionary technology, namely the IMAX theater. To better improve the services given to customers, Cinema XXI has also equipped the theaters with the latest “Dolby Atmos” audio system, which is now available on 69 screens. 


Not only a place to watch movies, Cinema XXI is also a second home for people to spend quality time with family and friends. Cinema XXI presents an unforgettable movie-going experience for today and tomorrow. For three consecutive years in 2017, 2018, and 2019 Cinema XXI has been awarded the “World Branding Award” in Kensington, London as the Best Brand in the Entertainment Cinema Category (National Tier).


In early 2019, Cinema XXI was also been awarded the “Millennials Top Brand Awards” by one of the preferred media of Indonesia’s young generation as the first choice of millennials for the category of leading cinema network in Indonesia. Despite the pandemic condition, in 2020, Cinema XXI was named “Industry Champion of the Year” by the Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability (ACES) Awards and “Indonesia Best Managed Company” by Deloitte in 2023. 



First Look : 

Official IMAX Trailer : 


Short Synopsis: The village still holds a lot of mysteries. Piece by piece the mystery is revealed, including the terror of the most feared entity, BADARAWUHI.


Production : MD Pictures

Writer: Simpleman

Producer : Manoj Punjabi

Director : Kimo Stamboel

Script : Lele Laila

Cast: : Aulia Sarah, Maudy Effrosina, Jourdy Pranata, Claresta Taufan, Moh. Iqbal Sulaiman, Ardit Erwandha, Diding Boneng, Aming Sugandhi, Dinda Kanya Dewi, Bimasena, Pipien Putri, Maryam Supraba, Baiq Vania Estiningtyas Sagita, Baiq Nathania Elvaretta Sagita.



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