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After the death of his wife and living a solitary life, an old crematorium officer wanted to commit suicide. But when he wanted to carry out his intention, he met a young girl who had the same desire.

  • Dery Prananda
  • Vidya Talisa Ariestya
  • Dery Prananda
  • Hendry Sulistyo
  • Herman Handoyo
    Key Cast
  • Andrianto Putra
    Director of Photography
  • Endro Gusmoro
    Sound Designer
  • Dery Prananda
  • Aji Permana
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    Drama, Surrealism, art film
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    24 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 6, 2022
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Director Biography - Dery Prananda

Dery Prananda is a filmmaker based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Dery works as a director and line producer on local independent film productions in Indonesia and is also a lecturer and teaches film production in some colleges in Jakarta and Yogyakarta. Dery sometimes gets ideas for the characters in his films, from his everyday life experience.
Dery graduated with a Master of Art in the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, Surakarta, in 2017. He directed the short film, Amelis, in 2016, which was selected by several film festivals in Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, Germany, and Argentina, and was nominated for Best Film at the ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival (Australia). His body of work for filmmaking is influenced by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Akira Kurosawa, and Garin Nugroho’s works.

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Director Statement

The initial idea for the story was inspired by a phase in my grandpa's life when my grandma died. My grandpa felt half of his soul going with my grandma, and almost every day only thought about how he could catch up with my grandma, even if he had to kill himself. My grandpa felt very lonely even though he was surrounded by his family and grandchildren. Up to one phase when my grandpa was always alone and chose not to talk to anyone and finally died alone in his quiet and dark room with his favorite radio playing wayang kulit (traditional Javanese puppet.)

Lonely. This is the keyword for the film. Loneliness is the feeling that one is emotionally disconnected from others. In essence, a person can be in the presence of other people and still feel lonely. Researchers from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah, United States, revealed that loneliness and social isolation can increase the risk of premature death by up to 50 percent. What's more, the research team found that the risk of premature death associated with loneliness, social isolation, and living alone was equal to or greater than the risk of premature death associated with obesity and other major health conditions.
Meanwhile, suicide is one aspect of the story that is built. An extraordinary fact when looking at data from the WHO states nearly 800,000 people die by suicide every year. That is one person who kills himself every 40 seconds, worldwide.

This film explores situations where loneliness is very influential in a person's life, especially those who are old people, which eventually leads to suicidal ideation.