When director Kamila Andini showcased her debut feature, “The Mirror Never Lies,” in Busan in 2011, she already mentioned that her second feature would be a story about children and nature. That story, “The Seen and Unseen, which screens in Busan’s A Window on Asian Cinema, took her six years to make. The filmmaker says that many things have changed in the meantime.
What took you so long to come back with a second full-length feature?
After “The Mirror,” I got married, had two kids and have been raising them. I wish I could find a better reason, but I think every woman-mother filmmaker must know how these things take time. Meanwhile, I managed to release two short films during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It was a “practice” to handle both roles in my life: mother and filmmaker.
How do you feel about coming back to Busan with a new feature film?
Mixed feelings. Of course it feels like going back home and I am excited to be back with a new feature; but at the same time, I am also attending the BIFF in memoriam of a person in Busan who has motivated me through the years to finish this film — the late Kim Ji-seok. That I cannot present this film to him is saddening, but I know for sure that he will always be there in spirit.
“Unseen” was workshopped and funded by project markets and grants, and it ended up as a four-nation co-production. Where did this international, yet independent, journey take you?
With “Unseen” I wanted to celebrate independent filmmaking. I wanted freedom to produce, to tell a story, and to explore the idea visually. Also, this four-nation co-production was a new experience. It helped me understand how the international circuit works, and how cinematic diversity can be achieved by partnering; something that is difficult to pursue in Indonesia.
Do you have new projects under way?
Yes, I am currently developing a story about teen marriage in Indonesia. We are still looking for partners to join us, but I hope the process won’t be as long as the previous one.