Sculpting The Giant

Official Selection & World Premiere at the 42nd Vancouver International Film Festival

Best Documentary in Art & Power - Master of Art Film Festival, Bulgary

A man promised to build the biggest copper statue on earth but must face crisis, misfortunes, deceptions and ended up giving 28 years of his life in Sculpting the Giant.

  • Banu Wirandoko
  • Rheza Arden Wiguna
  • Maulana Aziz
  • Sutansyah Marahakim
  • Maulana Aziz
  • Nyoman Nuarta
    Key Cast
    "Main Subject / Sculptor"
  • Cynthia Lakshmi Nuarta
    Key Cast
    "Main Subject / Wife & Business Partner"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Biography, Art, family, history
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    240,000 USD
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  • Vancouver International Film Festival
    October 2, 2023
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Banu Wirandoko, Rheza Arden Wiguna

With an educational background in Fine Arts, Banu and Rheza have developed a refined taste for visual arts. Both have been exploring audiovisual design techniques together since 2012 and fell in love with film and video as means of storytelling. Combining Rheza’s whimsical visual explorations with Banu’s astute musical sensibilities, made them stand out among other storytellers in their generation.

Once upon a time they stumbled upon news that Garuda Wisnu Kencana were resuming construction in 2013, as they dreamt to be the ones who documents history. Not long after, Nyoman Nuarta created a video competition about Garuda Wisnu Kencana to raise awareness about the project. They submitted at the last minute and won the whole thing. That started a relationship between two young filmmakers with a sculpture maestro that would later on made it possible for the two of them to realize their college daydream into reality.

In 2015 Banu and Rheza founded Seeds Motion, an audiovisual design studio, focusing on motion picture storytelling using various techniques that would carry on tackling a passion project documenting a part of Indonesia’s modern history which is the Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue and the sculptor's journey.

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Director Statement

Through Nyoman Nuarta's journey, the artist who completed building one of the largest statues in the world in a time where the pursuit of instant gratification is the rule, we would like to showcase that no dreams are achieved without long-enduring hard work and sacrifice.

At first, Nyoman casted a giant shadow that draws admiration, but as we peel off his layers, we have a rare chance to see him as an ordinary man with dreams, flaws, and heartbreaks, accompanied by a family that loves him for better or worse.