Riri Riza

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Riri Riza
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Portrait of Riri Riza
Mohammad Rivai Riza

(1970-10-02) October 2, 1970 (age 51)
Other namesRiri Riza
OccupationDirector, producer, screenwriter
Notable work

Mohammad Rivai Riza (born October 2, 1970), better known as Riri Riza, is an Indonesian film director, producer and writer. He is notable for his directorial work on Petualangan Sherina (Sherina's Adventure; 2000), Gie (2005), Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troop; 2008), and Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? 2 (What's Up with Love? 2; 2016). He is also known for his creative partnership with Indonesian producer Mira Lesmana, with whom he manages the film production company, Miles Films.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Riri Riza was born in Makassar on 2 October 1970. He moved to Jakarta in 1979, where he conducted his secondary education at LabSchool UNJ.[2]

In 1993, Riza graduated from the Jakarta Arts Institute, where he majored in Film Directing.[2][3] A talented student, his thesis film, Sonata Kampung Bata (Sonata of the Brick Village), placed third at the 1994 Oberhausen short film festival.[4]


In 1995, Riza directed two episodes in the documentary series, Anak Seribu Pulau (Children of the Thousand Islands).[5]

He directed his first feature film, Kuldesak, in 1998, collaborating with Mira Lesmana, Nan Triveni Achnas and Rizal Mantovani. His solo feature film debut, Petualangan Sherina (Sherina's Adventure) in 2000, established him as a director.

Together with Mira Lesmana, Riza has also become a film producer. Their Ada Apa dengan Cinta? (What's Up With Love?), directed by Rudy Soedjarwo, had two million viewers in 2002, Indonesian cinema's biggest box-office draw.

Riza studied screenwriting at Royal Holloway, University of London, and then wrote his first screenplay Eliana, Eliana.[6]

His other films include Gie, Untuk Rena (For Rena), and 3 Hari Untuk Selamanya (Three Days to Forever).



Year International title Director Writer Producer Original title
1998 Kuldesak Yes No No Kuldesak
2000 Sherina's Adventure Yes No No Petualangan Sherina
2002 What's Up with Love? No No Yes Ada Apa dengan Cinta?
2002 Eliana, Eliana Yes Yes Yes Eliana, Eliana
2005 Dear Rena Yes No Yes Untuk Rena
2005 Gie Yes Yes No Gie
2007 Three Days to Eternity Yes No No 3 Hari untuk Selamanya
2008 The Rainbow Troops Yes Yes No Laskar Pelangi
2008 Takut: Faces of Fear
(Segment: "The Incarnation of Naya")
Yes Yes No Takut: Faces of Fear
(Segment: "Titisan Naya")
2009 The Dreamer Yes Yes No Sang Pemimpi
2012 Atambua 39° Celsius Yes Yes No Atambua 39 Derajat Celsius
2013 The Jungle School Yes Yes No Sokola Rimba
2016 What's Up with Love? 2 Yes No No Ada Apa dengan Cinta? 2
2016 Emma' Yes Yes No Athirah
2018 Kulari ke Pantai Yes Yes No Kulari ke Pantai
2019 Humba Dreams Yes Yes No Humba Dreams
2019 Glorious Days Yes No No Bebas
2021 Paranoia Yes Yes No Paranoia

Short films[edit]

Year English title Director Writer Producer Original title
1994 Sonata of the Brick Village Yes Yes No Sonata Kampung Bata
2008 Thou Shalt Not Wait Yes Yes Yes Tak Kau Kunanti
2008 Drupadi Yes No No Drupadi
2021 Warisan TBA TBA TBA Warisan

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients Result
2004 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Director Eliana, Eliana Nominated
2005 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Director Gie Nominated
2006 MTV Indonesia Movie Awards Best Director Gie Won
2014 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Director Sokola Rimba Nominated
2016 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Director Athirah Won
2019 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Director Bebas (Glorious Days) Nominated
2020 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Director Humba Dreams Nominated


  1. ^ "20 Tahun Bersama, Riri Riza - Mira Lesmana Punya Kesamaan Selera". bintang.com. Retrieved 2017-03-27.
  2. ^ a b "Riri Riza - Indonesian Filmcenter". www.indonesianfilmcenter.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  3. ^ TokohIndonesia.com. "Biografi Riri Riza - Foto, Video, Riwayat Hidup - Ikut Memajukan Perfilman Indonesia - Selebriti - Biografi Tokoh Indonesia". www.tokohindonesia.com. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  4. ^ "Riri Riza | Miles Films". milesfilms.net. Retrieved 2017-03-29.
  5. ^ "Anak Seribu Pulau | Miles Films". milesfilms.net (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2017-04-20.
  6. ^ "Riri Riza". filmindonesia.or.id (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2019-03-05.

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