Normal Love | SEA of Sadness

28th August 2019
Wednesday 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Description:

Directed: Edwin
Runtime: 68 min
Country: Indonesia
Language: Indonesian with English subtitles
Rating: M18

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.

*SINGAPORE PREMIERE*
Variable No. 3
(2018)
Runtime: 25 mins
Language: Indonesian with English subtitles
Rating: M18 (Sexual Scenes)

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)
Runtime: 7 mins
Language: Indonesian with English subtitles
Rating: NC16 (Sexual References)

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)
Runtime: 7 mins
Language: Indonesian with English subtitles
Rating: M18 (Sexual References)

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)
Runtime: 9 mins
Language: Indonesian with English subtitles
Rating: PG

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 (2005)
Original title: Kara, Anak Sebatang Pohon
Runtime: 7 mins
Language: Indonesian with English subtitles
Rating: PG

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 (2004)
Original Title: Dajang Soembi: Perempoean jang Dikawini Andjing
Runtime: 7 mins
Language: Indonesian with English subtitles
Rating: PG

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)
Runtime: 6 mins
Language: No dialogue
Rating: PG

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.