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Martowardojo said while the new tax should be low enough for Hollywood studios to resume releasing their films in Indonesia, it would also help protect the domestic film industry.

The government opened a new front last week when Martowardojo announced a government plan to allow foreign studios to distribute movies themselves, rather than relying on local companies.

Film distribution in Indonesia is dominated by Group 21, whose affiliates import Hollywood films and which also owns Cineplex 21, Indonesia’s largest theater chain with more than 500 screens.

But it will be at least three months before legislation is introduced to Indonesia’s parliament.

“We’re going to miss the whole summer this year for sure with the way it’s going,” said Ananda Siregar, owner and CEO of Blitzmegaplex, the second-largest theater chain in Indonesia.