Films by Kamila Andini and Chandler Levack recovered for distribution

Kamila Andini’s latest film, the period drama “Before, Now & Then,” has secured secure distribution, with Film Movement picking it up for the North American market. Variety broke the news.

The film, which premiered earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival, is set in 1960s Indonesia amid growing anti-communist sentiments. It follows Nana (Happy Salma, “Milea: Voice from Dilan”), who “can’t escape her past. Fallen into poverty, having lost her family because of the war in West Java, she remarried and started a new life, ”explains the source.

“Her new husband is rich, but his place in the house is menial and he is unfaithful. Nana suffers in silence until the day she meets one of her husband’s mistresses and everything changes. Ino (Laura Basuki, ‘Susi Susanti: Love All’) is someone she can trust, someone who offers her comfort and someone she can confide in her secrets, past and present. Together, the two women find hope for a new freedom. Basuki’s supporting performance earned a Silver Berlin Bear.

Andini said of the film, “’Before, Now & Then’ is a memory of my Sundanese mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. It’s a journey through my own roots and my story. His previous films, “Yuni”, “The Seen and Unseen” and “The Mirror Never Lies”, have won numerous awards and nominations at festivals around the world.

Film Movement chairman Michael Rosenberg described Andini as “one of the most promising Indonesian directors to emerge in recent years”. He added: “’Before, Now & Then’ focuses on the particular hardships women are forced to endure in the face of political unrest. Andini and his collaborators, in particular the compelling performance of Happy Salma, painted a rich portrait of dignity in the face of loss and violence.

A theatrical release in the first quarter of 2023 is planned, followed by wide distribution on VOD.

Elsewhere, Deadline exclusively revealed that Chandler Levack’s comedy-drama “I Like Movies” has been picked up by Visit Films for worldwide distribution, excluding Canada, where Mongrel Media owns the rights.

Marking Levack’s feature directorial debut, the film is set in Burlington, Ontario in 2003 and follows hyper-ambitious teenage movie buff Lawrence Kweller (Isaiah Lehtinen, “Deadly Class”), who dreams of going at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts film school.

“In order to raise the high tuition fees, he gets his dream job at the local video store, Sequels,” reads the synopsis. “Wracked with anxiety about his future, Lawrence begins to alienate the most important people in his life, including his best friend, Matt Macarchuck (Percy Hynes White), and his single mother, Terri (Krista Bridges, ‘Workin’ ‘Moms’), all while developing a complicated friendship with her eldest, Alana (Romina D’Ugo, ’12 Monkeys’).

The film is set to have its world premiere at TIFF next month, where it will debut as part of the Discovery programme.

Said Levack, “‘I Like Movies’ is based on my experiences working in a hit video in Burlington, Ontario in the early 2000s, so it’s no exaggeration to say that the premiere of my first feature film at TIFF 22 is the greatest achievement of my life.”

Levack’s narrative short “We forgot to break up” screened at SXSW.

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