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THE PHOTOGRAPH

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THE PHOTOGRAPH

Director: Nan Achnas
Indonesia   |   2007   |   98 minutes
Indonesian, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Sita is a spirited young woman working to support her family as a singer and prostitute in a local brothel. Always short of funds and bullied by her pimp, she convinces an elderly portrait photographer, Mr. Johan, to rent her a room; in failing health, Mr. Johan is desperate to find an apprentice to carry on his work before he dies. The unlikely bond that develops between Sita and Mr. Johan is the basis of writer-director Nan Achnas's visually brilliant and poignant human drama about the profound effect one life can have on another.

About the Director Nan Achnas was born in Singapore in 1963. She holds a masters degree in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia, UK. As a documentary filmmaker, her work has screened at festivals worldwide, and her narrative work includes the FIPRESCI award–winning Whispering Sands and The Flag. She currently teaches Cinema Studies and Directing at the Jakarta Institute of the Arts. The Photograph is her fourth feature film.

Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2009 film series.



CAST

Johan Tan - Lim Kay Tong
Sita - Shanty
Surosos - Lukman Sardi
Rosi - Indy Barends

CREW

Director - Nan Achnas
Writer - Nan Achnas
Producers - Nan Achnas, Shanty Harmayn, Paquita Widjaja-Afief, Natacha Devillers
Cinematographer - Yadi Sugandi
Editor - Sastha Sunu
Sound - Bruno Tarriere, Xavier Marsais, Satrio Budiono
Music - Aksan Handayani, Titi Sjuman
REVIEWS

“A fallen woman on the run develops a new life with the aid of a troubled photographer in 'The Photograph', the fourth feature from Indonesian helmer Nan Achnas, whose keen eye and quality lensing provide a visually luxuriant film experience.” –Variety

“Evocative and touching...” –Hollywood Reporter

“Leisurely paced and beautifully acted...a haunting—and haunted—examination of the way simple snapshots can galvanize and obstruct our ability to move on.” –The New York Times

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

2008
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, KARLOVY VARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (Netpac), GOLDEN HORSE FILM FESTIVAL
Window on Asian Cinema Section, PUSAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Dramatic Feature Film, IDAHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Official Selection, 13TH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF KERALA
GÖTEBORG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
NETPAC FILM FESTIVAL

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