Cineplex 21 Admits Cosy Links To Film Importers
Cineplex 21 has acknowledged it is affiliated with three film importers previously banned by the government from bringing foreign films into the country, but the Indonesian film giant is rejecting accusations that they are monopolizing the industry.
Camila Internusa Film and Satrya Perkasa Esthetika Film, which used to import Hollywood blockbusters, were banned from doing so by the Finance Ministry in March pending payment of Rp 22 billion ($2.6 million) in back taxes and interest.
A resolution of the controversy over import duties and royalties in June absolved Camila and Satryaâ€™s back taxes issues.
A third distributor, Amero Mitra Film, paid Rp 9 billion in back taxes in May and has resumed importation.
In an exclusive interview with the Jakarta Globe on Thursday, Anitio, a director of Cineplex 21, acknowledged that all three importers were affiliated with the Indonesian cinema giant.