Lestari

Lastri knows nothing about reincarnation. She had never heard a word nor interested in finding out. According to her, there was no need to try figuring out things that were beyond our reasoning. Enough to live our lives according to what we get. But everything change after her grandmother died. That is the only thing she could think of.

A thousand-legged insect along the little finger starts to appear wherever Lastri is. Sometimes she sees it in her kitchen, in her garden or by the tv table. At first she didn't care until one night Arya got home and inform her that they're moving to Singapore.

Lastri is now insecure. She feels all alone and the millipede is the only thing that was there with her, even showing up in an unlikely place: her grandmother's jewelry box. Lastri was stunned though the insect starts growing on her. At one point, she even thought of it as her grandmother.

Right when the couple were about to have their dinner, Arya got a phone call from her mother. What started as something sweet gone sour when Lastri finds out that Arya has already sold their house. Things are heating up as Arya accidentally kill the millipede. Lastri broke down to tears and asked to be left alone.

The next day, Lastri wakes up but Arya is nowhere to be seen. Lastri tried to distract her mind, fixing her grandmother's wheelchair when Arya came back and decided to help out. They finally talked it through. Right when Arya left her alone, a sudden buzz could be heard, a motherly voice that was familiar to her.

  • Wendha Theadora
    Director
  • Rifki Ardisha
    Writer
  • Lala Jasin
    Producer
  • Dea Panendra Larasati
    Key Cast
    "Lastri"
    Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts
  • Bagus Ade Saputra
    Key Cast
    "Arya"
    A Choreography of Violence
  • Elvani Putri Damar
    Director of Photography
  • Prana Warman
    Gaffer
  • Raditya Zhafran D.
    Production Design
  • Elvina Damar
    Editor
  • Yehuda Aribowo
    Colorist
  • Raymundus Dimas
    Sound Recordist
  • Ridho H.
    Sound Recordist
  • Johannes Abiyoso
    Sound Recordist
  • Geddi Jaddi Membumi
    Music Scoring
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Lestari
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    352,032 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Indonesia
  • Country of Filming:
    Indonesia
  • Language:
    Indonesian
  • Shooting Format:
    4K HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1:2.35
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes
Director Biography - Wendha Theadora

Wendha Theadora (b. 1997) spends most of her time wondering and questioning her surroundings. Inquiring the system of beliefs and aliveness, she feels the need to dismantle the facts around her and define her own truth. She spent most of her childhood living in West Borneo, where its thick cultural roots unconsciously shaped her into who she is right now.

Her recent film explores themes concerning transmigration of the soul, the living and the death, and the voice of woman as an individual. Wendha used her narratives to unfold the truth regarding her inner doubts about the morals and ethics of being in a relationship, the complex interaction between humans and the nature of deconstruction. She believes that there is no wrong in each perspectives, it is just in the power of how each one of us welcome to agree and disagree.

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Director Statement

The story comes to mind from a particular solitary feeling. A particular sense of loneliness that consume you bit by bit.

Through the film, we see a grieving person’s personal growth. How she gently let her door open in her own pace and in her own time. She tells the story of one’s certainty, the struggle of her entangled marriage and her responds towards all of it.

Lastri is the multiple personal feelings that i rarely share with anyone. She is the tight relationship that I had with my late grandmother. The yearning, the hopelessness, heartache and many unexplained feelings she felt, I felt that too. I believed the presence of our loved ones don’t just go away the minute they passed. Instead, their ‘unique’ presence slowly fades as we grow out of our grief.

Looking at Lastri makes me realise the multiple perspectives around me. Around our life. The perspectives that are dictate to us since we are born and the new perspective we got as we grow.

There are lots of way on how we responds to each of it. To every sad news, heartache and all upcoming problems. Each of us has our own way on how we get through each one of it. For me, this film is as my personal reminder that I’ll never forget. Look at other’s window.