Crocodile Tears
by Tumpal Tampubolon

An aging crocodile park in Java – this is where Johan and his mother mama live, hidden from the outside world.

Sometimes, Mama confides in a large albino crocodile as if it were a family member, which seems normal to Johan, who has lived with animals his whole life. When Johan and Arumi – a waitress at a karaoke – meet by chance, they fall in love, after which Johan proposes that she come live with them. This intrusion disturbs Mama and threatens to destroy the fragile equilibrium of the family.

An Acrobates Films Production, co-produced with Tanakhir Films (Indonesia) with the support of Aide aux Cinémas du Monde.

  • Director : Tumpal Tampubolon
  • Producers : Claire Lajoumard, Mandy Marahimin
  • Countries : Indonésie – France
  • Language : Indonesian
  • Shooting schedule : June 2022
  • Duration : 90 minutes

Tumpal Tampubolon is a screenwriter and director from Indonesia.

He first studied mathematics before devoting himself to cinema after graduating. In 2007 he participated in the Asian Young Filmmakers in Jeonju, South Korea. He directed Drum Lesson during this period. He directed Mamalia in 2010, one of the short films for Belkibolang Omnibus Film. Belkibolang was selected in Rotterdam, Hong-Kong, Jeonju and in Udine Far East Film Festival. In 2014 he won the Citra Best Screenplay Award for Tabula Rasa, one of the most prestigious recompensations in Indonesia.


  • CROCODILE TEARS – feature film in development
  • TABULA RASA – feature film / Script writer, 2014 / Best original screenplay – Citra Award
  • ROCKET RAIN – feature film / Script writer, 2013 / Best Non-Cinema Film at Apresiasi Film Indonesia / Best director at Apresiasi Film Indonesia / Geber Award for the best film at Jogja-Netpac Festival / International Film Festival of Karlovivary
  • SOLERAM – short film / Director, 2011
  • MAMALIA – Belkibolang Omnibus Film / Director, 2010 / Rotterdam International Film Festival / International Film Festival of Hong-Kong / International Film Festival of Jeonju / Udine Far East Film Festival
  • DRUM LESSON – short film / Director, 2008
  • THE LAST BELIEVER – short film / Director, 2006 / Best short film at the International Film Festival of Jakarta