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Before, Now & Then

Directed by Kamila Andini
103 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Kamila Andini’s (The Seen and the Unseen, SFF 2018) beguiling period drama chronicles an unlikely female friendship against the backdrop of Indonesia in political turmoil.
Kamila Andini (The Seen and the Unseen, SFF 2018; Yuni playing at SFF this year) tells a very personal story set against the backdrop of  tumultuous political times in Indonesia in this beguiling period drama. Nana (a luminous Happy Salma) loses her family, including her husband, in the war in West Java. Years later, now in the 1960s, we meet her again. Her poverty now a thing of the past, she has remarried a significantly older man, Mr Darga, who is wealthy and a philanderer. Though her life is comfortable, Nana’s dreams are still occupied by the past. A chance discovery of a carelessly forgotten item of clothing leads Nana to discover that Darga is having an affair with an even younger local woman, Ino. What follows is unexpected. Rather than a confrontation, Nana and Ino become friends, and take comfort in each other, jointly imagining a path to freedom. Meanwhile, through talk in the town of secret communists, and on radio broadcasts, the political tensions that will alter the future of Indonesia are made clear. An immersive sensorial experience, Before, Now & Then is made with painterly precision and is breathtakingly beautiful and deeply emotional.

KAMILA ANDINI is a mother and filmmaker based in Jakarta, Indonesia. She made her debut with The Mirror Never Lies (2011) which was followed by The Seen and Unseen (2017; SFF 2018). Yuni (2021) won the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Before, Now & Then premiered in the Berlin Competition earlier this year.
Wong Kar-Wai meets Apichatpong Weerasethakul in transfixing political drama.
Michael Nordine, Variety
A precisely calibrated, emotionally nuanced exploration of one woman going through a mid-life crisis in rural Indonesia during the 1960s that both looks and sounds stunning thanks to above-and-beyond craft contributions.
Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
Wreathed in poetic melancholy and never less than beautiful; Batara Goempar’s cinematography belongs to another era of soft lamplight, rich shadows and glowing fabrics.
Stephanie Bunbury, Deadline


Tue 14 Jun
State Theatre
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Wed 15 Jun
State Theatre
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Fri 17 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
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Program Strand
Official Competition
Original Title
Unclassified 15+
In Sundanese with English subtitles
Kamila Andini
Ifa Isfansyah, Gita Fara
Happy Salma, Laura Basuki, Arswendy Bening Swara
Kamila Andini
Batara Goempar
Akhmad Fesdi Anggoro
Australian Premiere
Women Directors, South East Asia, Festival Award Winners, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Sales Agent: Wild Bunch
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