Born in Surabaya, Indonesia, in 1978. He studied film at the Jakarta Institute of Arts. He made short films like Kara, the Daughter of a Tree (2005), premiered at the Directors` Fortnight section at Cannes Film Festival. His first feature film, Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (2008), won the Critics Prize at Rotterdam Film Festival. He also made the features Postcards from the Zoo (2012), presented at Berlin International Film Festival and at the 36th Mostra, and Possesive (2017), in addition to the medium-length Someone’s Wife in the Boat of Someone’s Husband (2013).