Early Bird Sale
13 Sep 2018, 9am - 28 Sep 2018, 12am
13 Sep 2018, 10am - 27 Sep 2018, 8pm
28 Sep 2018, 12am
28 Sep 2018, 10am
THE SEEN AND UNSEEN / SEKALA NISKALA
By Kamila Andini
Ten-year old Tantri is reluctant to approach her twin brother Tantra as he lies in hospital, gravely ill. Instead, she finds herself waking up nightly in surreal dream states that allow her to resume playing and talking with her brother. Tantri expresses her unspoken grief through the Balinese arts of dance, song and shadow-play, and bids farewell to her dying brother.
The Seen and Unseen references the Balinese philosophy of sekala niskala, which posits that the universe extends beyond the material realm to the supernatural. This holistic view is prevalent in many Southeast Asian cultures. Such duality is clear from the outset of the film: male-female buncing twins are “a symbol of balance” according to Tantra’s nurse, and are believed to have a profound union. Director Kamila Andini further visualises this in hauntingly beautiful sequences that alternate between day and night, and physical and spiritual worlds. Soon, it is no longer clear or important to know where one ends and the other begins.
The Seen and Unseen was part of the official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival and Busan International Film Festival in 2017. It won the Best Youth Feature Film at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2017) and the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film at Berlinale (2018).
The programme on Sat 6 Oct, 2pm is followed by the Special Focus public forum on death and spirituality in Southeast Asia, with director Kamila Andini as part of the film panel. Patrons who have purchased tickets to this screening are guaranteed seats at the forum. Online reservation for limited forum-only seats is available on the Gallery website.
Early Bird Sale
In Balinese and Indonesian with English subtitles
Approximately 86 minutes
Rating / Age Limit
- Rating: PG
- No admission for infants in arms.
- Admission is subject to tickets and valid IDs produced at the entrance.
Photography / Video Recording Rules
- No flash photography or videography is permitted in the galleries.
- Still photography (no flash) for non-commercial use is permitted.
- Photography may not be permitted in the special exhibition galleries.
- Use of selfie sticks and tripods is also not permitted in the galleries.
- No food and drink (including bottled water) is permitted in the galleries.
- Tickets are only valid on the stipulated date, and for one entry.
- Tickets cannot be refunded, sold or exchanged, and are void if altered.
- Concession tickets are only valid for visitors who meet the concessionary requirements.
Through All SISTIC Channels
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Adult
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Senior (with valid ID)
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird Student (with valid student pass)
S$8.00 per ticket for Early Bird NSF (with valid 11B card)
[Applicable from 13 Sep 2018 till 27 Sep 2018]
Kamila Andini (b. 1986) directed her debut film, The Mirror Never Lies, in 2011. It has been screened at more than 30 film festivals, including the Berlinale (2012), and won more than 15 awards. Her short films, Following Diana (2015) and Memoria (2016), explore the issues women face in urban Jakarta and post-conflict Timor Leste.