Film Before, Now and Then (Nana) by Kamila Andini

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After last year’s success with the film “Yuni”, Fourcolours Films re-launched the production of a feature-length film by Kamila Andini entitled “Before, Now & Then (NANA)”. This film is adapted from a chapter in the novel JAIS DARGA NAMAKU by Ahda Imran.

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The film stars Happy Salma who plays the main character, Nana. Also playing in this film are Laura Basuki, Ibnu Jamil, Arswendy Bening Swara, Rieke Diah Pitaloka, Arawinda Kirana and a newcomer child actress, Chempa Putri.

The NANA film is being produced in Ciwidey, West Java, starting in February 2021.
“Before, Now & Then (NANA)” tells the story of an Indonesian woman who lives in West Java in the 1960s, which is based on a true story of the life of Raden Nana Sunani.

The story of a woman who runs away from a gang who wants to make her his wife and make her lose her father and son. He then lived his new life with a Sundanese boy until he became friends with one of his husband’s mistresses. According to the setting, this film will use Sundanese as the main language used in the film.

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The film “Before, Now & Then (NANA)” successfully passed and was selected in the main competition program which is the core program of the festival. A total of 18 selected films, both from established directors and from young rising directors, will compete for the ‘Golden Bear’ and ‘Silver Bear’ awards.

With a vision of embracing the diversity of cinema and the wide scope of its production in the 21st century, this competition program aims to surprise, entertain and enrich viewing for audiences and industry professionals.

This year the film “Before, Now & Then (NANA)” will compete with films from world-renowned filmmakers such as directors Carla Simon, Claire Denis, Rithy Panh, Denis Cote, Paolo Taviani, Ulrich Siedl, Andreas Dresen, Hong Sang Soo. , Isaki Lacuesta, and Franois Ozon.

Kamila Andini became the first Indonesian female director to compete in the Berlinale since Sofia WD last saw her film “Badai Selatan” in 1962. Among them, Edwin also appeared in 2012 through “Postcards from the Zoo”.

Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director of the Berlinale, praised the film “Before, Now & Then (NANA)”, “This film is a very ambitious project without losing the perspective of women dealing with Indonesia’s past with a personal and original approach. The story is woven with feelings that we cannot avoid by telling melodrama along with the use of music“.

Carlos further said that the films selected this year were tightly curated, “The 72nd Berlinale films provide a good description of the world in its current changing state, but also of how things are, and how they should or might be. Faced with the desire to reproduce what we have experienced (and we planet Earth are never so far apart yet so similar in our lifestyles), many films have responded with the power of imagination, humor, emotion, and sometimes passionate and sometimes passionate physical confrontation. sometimes with

The Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, is the world’s largest film festival which was started in 1951.

This festival is regularly held in February with more than 65,000 visitors annually, making this festival one of the world’s largest film festivals that is highly anticipated to be held.

In 2022, the Berlinale will be held offline on 10-20 February.
This film, set in the late 1960s, brings Kamila Andini to a new exploration in her career as a director, she works on periodical films that are also inspired by true stories.

Kamila Andini shared her story, “Indonesian periodical films are always related to something big or about an important character, whereas when I was working on this I wanted to tell a story about a female character in general, such as our grandmother, our sister or our mother, whom everyone can love. its advantages and disadvantages. It just so happened that he lived at that time. But we can also reflect on the past and still connect with the present. I want to make a bridge from the past
to the present.”

For Kamila Andini, she further said, “Women are the real victims of the era. But in every era, there is always a woman figure who has never once made herself a victim, even though she still cannot be separated from sacrifice. Nana is the story of a woman who falls victim to an era; war, politics, rebellion and patriarchal social life that seeks to find the meaning of its own freedom.”

To strengthen the atmosphere there are many elements of art. One of them is the use of a Sundanese song produced around the 1960s entitled Djaleleudja, this song was produced by Jamin Widjaja and Indrawati Widjaja from Bali Records (Musica Studio’s).

The idea to make the film “Before, Now & Then (NANA)” has actually been around since 2018, but Kamila Andini decided to make “Yuni” first. So this film was only made in early 2021, when the pandemic was running. Even so, he admitted that the work was quite comfortable. “This film is made like a jamming session, because it was done with people who are well known,” he explained.

For his fourth feature-length film, Kamila Andini is partnering again with producer Ifa Isfansyah, who previously succeeded in producing the film YUNI which won the Platform Prize at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. This time, Ifa Isfansyah collaborated with Gita Fara, who previously also worked with Kamila Andini through the film “The Mirror Never Lies” (2011) and “Sekala Niskala (2017)”.

“Of course we are proud, with the inclusion of NANA in the Berlinale competition, this is a big achievement for Asian films, especially Southeast Asia,” said Ifa Isfansyah and Gita Fara.
“Before, Now & Then (NANA)” is a film project that has been prepared since 2018, produced by Fourcolours Films, which previously produced the feature film Siti, 2015 FFI Best Film by Eddie Cahyono; Turah, the Indonesian representative film for the 2017 Academy Awards by Wicaksono Wisnu Legowo, and Kucumbu Body Indahku, the Best Film for FFI 2019 by Garin Nugroho.

In this production, Fourcolours Films collaborated with the Titimangsa Foundation. Happy Salma, founder and director of Titimangsa also plays the role of NANA. He also occupied the co-producing chair for this film.

Titimangsa previously produced many performing arts such as Rumah Memories, Aku Istri Munir and also the Century Closing Flowers.

The production of this film received funding support from Purin Pictures Thailand for post-production funding support, the West Java Provincial Culture and Tourism Office for production support, and also won the CJ ENM Award at the Asian Project Market Busan International Film Festival 2021.

The delegation from the “Before, Now & Then (NANA)” film team will leave for Berlinale on February 8, 2022 with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture Research and Technology, MLD Spot, Deltomed, and
Department of Tourism and Culture of West Java Province.


The film “Before, Now & Then (NANA)” is also supported by Goodrich Suites, Artotel Portfolio for the location special media announcement.
For international circulation, Wild Bunch International has acquired ‘Before, Now & Then (Nana)’ ahead of its premiere at the 2022 Berlinale competition programme.
Wild Bunch International is a sales agent who previously successfully marketed big films such as Shoplifters (Kore-eda Hirokazu), I Daniel Blake (Ken Loach), Blue is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche), City of God (Fernando Meirelles), The Grandmaster (Wong Kar Wai), The Artist (Michel Hazanavicius), Climax (Gaspar Noe), 4 Month 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu) & Capharnaum (Nadine Labaki).

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