Dreamlike, sensual, and intensely lyrical, Kamila Andini’s Indonesian 1960s period drama is a glimpse into the emotional life of a woman who escapes war and enters into the pampered existence of a passionless marriage. Lonely and isolated, Nana eventually befriends her husband’s mistress. Happy Salma shines in an understated lead performance that hints at repressed want threatening to break open. Before, Now & Then tracks the currents of denial, desire, and betrayal, all flowing in the mysterious eddies of time. Beautifully composed frames and cinematography vibrate with life in all its minute sensory details. The film features extraordinary sound design and sumptuous music that evokes the last luxurious remnants of pre-Suharto Indonesia. Winner of the Silver Bear at the 2022 Berlinale for Supporting Performance by Laura Basuki.
“Imagining what In the Mood for Love might have been like had Apichatpong Weerasethakul directed it will land you somewhere in the vicinity of Before, Now & Then, Kamila Andini’s beguiling drama set in 1960s Indonesia.”—Michael Nordine, Variety
Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance (Laura Basuki), Berlin 2022
Happy Salma, Laura Basuki, Arswendy Bening Swara, Ibnu Jamil, Rieke Diah Pitaloka
In Sundanese with English subtitles
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Kamila Andini is a filmmaker based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Her films The Mirror Never Lies (2011) and The Seen and Unseen (2017) have been shown at more than 50 film festivals around the world and received about 30 national and international awards, including Best Feature Film at Berlinale’s Generation Kplus in 2018. She has expanded her directing work into theatre, with the stage version of The Seen and Unseen performed at Esplanade Singapore 2018 and Asia Topa Melbourne 2019. Her third feature, Yuni, (2021) won the Platform Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Filmography: The Mirror Never Lies (2012); The Seen and Unseen (2017); Yuni (2021)