Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Seen and Unseen

Year: 2017
Language: Balinese
Run Time: 86 minutes

The Seen and Unseen
The Seen and Unseen
The Seen and Unseen
The Seen and Unseen


Many East Indonesians have strong beliefs in the magical and mystical, which are part of their holistic vision of the world. The seen and unseen represent dualism and balance—we should not only believe our eyes, but also what our eyes cannot see. This ambiguity shapes THE SEEN AND UNSEEN, a dreamlike film of disquieting beauty. Ten-year-old twins Tantri and Tantra are sister and brother, yin and yang, the white and the yolk of the egg. When Tantra begins suffering from a neurological disease that robs him of his senses, his sister Tantri supplies them for him. She relives their inseparable lives in their home in the rice paddies, amidst the whisper of the wind and the flow of the water. Cicadas drone; a mill clack-clacks in the fields. The twins share music, drama, and shadow puppetry. But is this Tantri’s imagination? What is dream, what is memory, what is reality? Perceptive of reality’s many dimensions, Tantri’s family is willing to let the boy go. Lush cinematography and outstanding sound design make THE SEEN AND UNSEEN an exquisite film for all the senses. (In Balinese with subtitles) —B.B.

CIFF42 Screenings

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 3:35 PM

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 9:25 PM

Monday, April 09, 2018 at 2:05 PM

Pan-Asian Cinema

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition


Kamila Andini

Kamila Andini was born in 1986 in Jakarta, Indonesia. She completed a degree in sociology at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.

The Mirror Never Lies (2011), THE SEEN AND UNSEEN (2017)

Gita Fara, Ifa Isfansyah, Kamila Andini

Anggi Frisca Dance

Dinda Amanda

Principal Cast
Ni Kadek Thaly Titi Kasih, Ida Bagus Putu Radithya Mahijasena, Ayu Laksmi, I Ketut Rina, Happy Salma, Gusti Ayu Raka

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