Before, Now & Then, by Kamila Andini, Sydney Film Prize contender
18 May 2022
Kamila Andini 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.
Before, Now & Then, also known as Nana, is competing against eleven other films for the Sydney Film Prize, the winner of which will be announced on Sunday 19 June 2022.
- Alcarràs by Carla Simón
- All The People I’ll Never Be by Davy Chou
- Blaze by Del Kathryn Barton
- The Box by Lorenzo Vigas
- Burning Days by Emin Alper
- Close by Lukas Dhont
- Fire of Love by Sara Dosa
- Godland by Hlynur Pálmason
- The Quiet Girl by Colm Bairéad
- Utama by Alejandro Loayza Grisi
- You Won’t Be Alone by Goran Stolevski
It looks like a tight contest to me.