In His Own Words: Andri Cung on Revenge, Viddsee Shortee Aug 2015

 

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The revenge of a scorned woman was your most-loved Viddsee film last month!

Viddsee BUZZ spoke to director Andri Cung about the inspiration behind this film. Here are our takeaways!

 

#1 – THE UNEXPECTED THEME OF THE FILM

Andri felt the theme of this short film was not revenge, but heartbreak.

When relationships go bust, people can get depressed and experience frustration that might even lead to committing suicide. They lose their minds, just for a second, and this film explores what happens when a girl resorts to an extreme solution — black magic – to find a way to cure her heart.

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#2 – WHY IT WAS SET IN JAVA

Javanese culture was at the forefront of this film, from scenery to sound to characterisation. A fan of the unique music and culture, Andri felt there was something mystical to explore and deliberately placed the film through the eyes of a Javanese woman to juxtapose it with the typical stereotype of demure local females.

 

#3 – THE ROLE OF TRADITIONAL WITCHCRAFT IN TODAY’S WORLD

While the idea of black magic seems ridiculous within the context of today’s skyscraper skylines, it isn’t something that can be denied in Asian culture. There will always be a niggling sense of doubt and wariness amongst Asians, and for Andri, that is more interesting than an absolute answer.

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#4 – LAST BUT NOT LEAST, BE CAREFUL

If anyone needs reminders: Be careful when it comes to matters of the heart. Don’t be frivolous with feelings as what doesn’t hurt you could mean pain for someone else.

Also, remember that as much as you want to take revenge, it won’t cure your broken heart, let alone with witchcraft or black magic, says Andri.

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Filmmaker Andri Cung (Indonesia)

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