Atambua 39°C

Atambua 39°C


Atambua, Timor, today. Ronaldo Bautista, 47 years old, starts work before the break of dawn; he’s an inter-city bus driver. Joao, his teenage son, has been separated from his mother since the East Timor referendum 10 years ago. Joao, distant from his father, is happier being outside home and school. Until a young girl, Nikia Dos Santos, returns to Atambua from Kupang because of her grandfather’s death. Teenage Joao is drawn to Nikia, but doesn’t know how to express his feelings.

Caught drunk at work, Ronaldo loses his job and subsequently enters jail as the result of a dispute in a local pool house. At the same time, Nikia flees back to Kupang after Joao tries to express his feelings to her with an uncontrollable sexual desire.

Joao is devastated. He seeks a way to earn some money—to get his father out of jail and leave Atambua to search for Nikia in Kupang. Ronaldo comes home to an empty house. In his son’s room he finds cassettes of his wife’s voice which Joao had often listened to. Hearing those tapes again makes Ronaldo realize that he has lost the same thing. Meanwhile in Kupang, Joao is faced with the reality of Nikia’s tragic life.

Ronaldo, Joao and Nikia grapple with the pain of old wounds. One of them is now given a chance to save the others.

Festival & Awards

  • Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan 2012 / Competition Spectrum
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherland 2013
  • CINEMASIE – Vesoul Asian Film Festival, 2013

       Awards: INALCO Prize

  • Asean International Film Festival & Awards (AIFFA) 2013

       Awards: Best Director Award

  • Indonesian Movie Awards 2013

       Awards: Best Newcomer Actor Award for Petrus Beyleto

  • Melbourne International Film Festival 2013
  • Vancouver International Film Festival 2013
  • BFI London Film Festival 2013
  • London Indonesian Film Festival, SOAS – London, 2013
  • Apresiasi Film Indonesia 2013  / Best Feature Film
  • Locarno International Film Festival 2020


Gudino Soares,
Petrus Beyleto,
Putri Moruk

Release Date

8 November 2012

Production Year



90 Menit


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