The Seen and Unseen
A young boy lies unconscious in a rural hospital, but deep into the night he rises and experiences a dreamlike journey with his twin sister.
In a rural hospital, 10 year-old Tantra lies unconscious, his brain weakened by an illness. He’s watched over by his parents and his twin sister Tantri, a girl who longs for the return of her brother. Every night, in that sliver between dream and wakefulness, Tantra arises from deep sleep to play with his sister – sometimes in the nocturnal field of Bali bathed in moon glow – at least until the sun comes up again.
In between reality and realm, hope and loss, the seen and unseen, director Kamila Andini’s film shines with simple beauty in its exploration of the duality of existence. The twins are mirrors, but they’re also two parts that complete a consciousness of the world. Deep in magic yet authentic to the reality of Indonesia, the film presents a fresh new voice of Southeast Asian cinema.
Cast & Credits
Kamila Andini was born in Jakarta in 1986. In 2011, she released her debut feature film The Mirror Never Lies, which travelled to more than 30 film festivals including Berlin, Busan and Seattle, and won more than 15 awards on the festival circuit. She also made two short films Following Diana (2015) and Memoria (2016). Her sophomore feature, The Seen and Unseen, is selected in the platform section at Toronto International Film Festival 2017.
Kamila Andini, Ifa Isfansyah, Gita Fara
Thaly Titi Kasih, Gus Sena, Ayu Laksmi
• In-competition, Toronto International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Busan International Film Festival 2017