Normal Love | SEA of Sadness

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Normal Love
Director: Edwin
Runtime: 68 minutes
Country: Indonesia
Language: Indonesian with English subtitles
Rating: TBA

28 Aug, Wed - 8PM

Edwin. It is not so strange for an Indonesian to be represented without a family name. But Edwin is a strange filmmaker indeed, and one of Southeast Asia’s most talented, original and, not to mention, daring. Playful in his approach to Indonesian sexual taboos, Edwin has made not just one or two shorts on erotic subjects, but a whole catalogue of them, many of which are included in this programme. “Normal Love”—we title this programme thus with a sense of irony, to say the least. This programme offers a glance into the development of a young filmmaker’s astounding body of work.

About the films:
Variable No. 3 (2018)
25 mins | Indonesian

An Indonesian couple travel to Tokyo, staying at a hostel run by a mysterious man. He offers them some strange advice to improve their relationship. Is a ménage à trois the solution for a troubled marriage?

Trip to the Wound (2008)
7 mins | Indonesian

Carlo meets Shila on a bus one night. Shila collects stories about scars, and constantly yearns for the presence of a wound. This is a trip that Carlo will never forget.

Hulahoop Soundings (2008)
7 mins | Indonesian

Lana works at a phone sex company, hulahooping during calls to emit the requisite moans. Nico is madly in love with her. His girlfriend Heidy believes that Lana has put a spell on him.

A Very Boring Conversation (2006)
9 mins | Indonesian

A conversation beginning with music and emails may end up changing the relationship between two people from mother-son to woman-man.
Winner of the Blencong Award (Best Asian Short Film) at the Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (2007)

Kara, the Daughter of a Tree (Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon) (2005)
7 mins | Indonesian

Kara is a little girl living in an isolated place. Her father disappears after Ronald McDonald kills her mother. A journalist’s invasion of her life brings her to seek out Ronald and ask him the ultimate question.
Winner of the Best Short Film Award at Festival Film Indonesia (2005)

Dajang Soembi, the Woman Who Was Married to a Dog (Dajang Soembi: Perempoean jang Dikawini Andjing) (2004)
7 mins | Indonesian

A woman’s son becomes a killer because he wants to be his mother’s lover. A silent-film re-telling of an Indonesian folktale about a princess who marries a dog.

A Very Slow Breakfast (2002)
6 mins | No dialogue

Morning. Time for breakfast, when family values are going down the drain. A comic look at the deterioration of the Indonesian family in the face of modernity.

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About SEA of Sadness
2- 28 Aug | Oldham Theatre

With more than 20 years’ experience working on Southeast Asian cinema as a senior programmer at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Gertjan Zuilhof has developed close relationships with many of the region’s filmmakers and affinities with their works. The SEA of Sadness programme is a culmination of his curatorial experience. Previously presented at the 2018 edition of the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, the programme is now being presented for the first time in Southeast Asia at the Asian Film Archive.

The films selected for the programme include classic masterpieces as well as contemporary work from promising young directors; both feature-length films and shorts; and works of all genres, ranging from “pure” documentary to fiction films and experimental videos. These films represent the high quality of original work produced in Southeast Asia over the last two decades.

The sadness indicated in the title of the programme does not mean only that the films are concerned with sadness as an emotion, but also that they are sensitive, personal, and made with genuine feeling, delving deep into the memories and hopes of the people in the countries they were made in.
Wed Aug 28, 2019
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM SGT
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