Beautiful Shadows (HD / color / 110min / Indonesia)
Nan T. ACHNAS
Nan T. ACHNAS
Nan T. ACHNAS
Nan T. Achnas graduated from the Faculty of Film and Television, Jakarta Institute of the Arts. She studied for an MA in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia, in the United Kingdom, and her diploma film, entitled The Only Day (1988), won the Grand Prix at the Asian Young Cinema Film Festival in Tokyo.
In 1997, she produced, directed and scripted a collective feature film with three other directors (Mira Lesmana, Riri Riza, and Rizal Mantovani), entitled Kuldesak (1999). She directed and co-wrote Whispering Sands (2001), a feature-length film that has since won nine international awards, including Best New Director at the 2002 Asia-Pacific International Film Festival, and both a FIPRESCI and NETPAC Award. In 2002, she produced and directed The Flag (2002), in competition at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2003, and her feature The Photograph (2007) won the Grand Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2008, among other awards.
Nurman Hakim graduated from the Faculty of Film and Television, Jakarta Institute of the Arts, and earned his MA at the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Surakarta. He has directed shorts such as A Silent Wait (2009), which screened at Busan International Film Festival in 2009 and in competition at Dubai International Film Festival in 2009.
He directs and produces all of his films, including Pesantren: 3 Wishes 3 Loves (2008) which received grants from Fonds Sud Cinema - France, Global Film Initiative ? USA, and Goteborg Film Fund ? Sweden. The project was also invited to the Producer’s Network, at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. It received seven nominations at the Indonesian Film Festival in 2008 and won the Best Supporting Actor Award. The film won the International Jury Grand Prize at Vesoul Asian Cinema International Film Festival, France in 2009 and Best Film at Jakarta International Film Festival in 2009, and was also nominated for Best Children’s Feature at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2009.
His film Khalifah (2011) won the Audience Award at Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema 2012 and was officially selected at the Tokyo International Film Festival 2011, International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg 2012, and Febiofest in the Czech Republic 2013, and was screened at many other film festivals. He recently released his latest feature The Window (2016) and is now in script development for his next film.
Sukanta (15) narrates the story of his father, Nyoman Oka, a 47-year-old Balinese dalang (shadow play puppeteer) and Holocaust survivor. Aged 17, Nyoman was accompanying a Dutch anthropologist in Leiden when Germany invaded The Netherlands, in 1940. Arrested by the Nazis and sent to a concentration camp in Amersfoort, and later to Buchenwald in Germany, he survives by making use of his skills as an artist, painting portraits of his captors.
In the camp, Nyoman is allowed into the house to paint a portrait of the camp commandant. He forms a relationship with a Jewish teenager, Eva (16), giving her scraps of food whenever he can and performing shadow plays with his hands. They form a friendship that eventually comes to a tragic end.
After the war, on his return to his village in Bali, Nyoman marries the daughter of a powerful official and becomes an influential leader through his work as a shadow puppet master. He has a daughter named Maya (17) and a son, Sukanta (15), and life seems uneventful, until the political upheavals in Indonesia brought about by the aborted communist coup in 1965.