The Indonesian director Paul Agusta based his experimental film about experiencing manic depression on personal experience, while leading lady and co-writer Kartika Jahja is also manic-depressive. In ten chapters, animations and hellish scenes portray the mental state she describes in voice-over.
An experimental Indonesian film about manic depression. In a minimally furnished room, illuminated by a few bright neon tubes, a woman talks about her experiences with this affliction. She sits there smoking thoughtfully. At other moments, we see several versions of her at once, sitting and walking, tranquil and speeded up, moving forwards and backwards. These images are juxtaposed with portrayals of the mental state she describes in voice-over, in ten chapters with names such as ’ The Fall’ and ‘Broken Twigs’. Stop-motion animations show the collapse: in contrasty black-and-white, a half naked man totters across barren land; in close-up, flowers and dolls are in flames, rats gnaw at a body as it stumbles forward; naked, bleeding bodies portray hellish depths. The Indonesian director Paul Agusta based his film on personal experiences with the affliction. His English-language script was translated into Indonesian and adapted by the protagonist Kartika Jahja, who is herself a manic depressive. —International Film Festival Rotterdam
Paul Agusta was born in Jakarta in 1980 and studied film in America before returning to Indonesia in 2003. This young movie-maker believes that video levels the playing field in the filmmaking of any kind due to its affordability and availability, and that that the only true resource a video-maker is a solid, well-thought out idea; the rest is simply implementation. There is no excuse for video-makers not too fulfill their creative urge, you can always beg, borrow, or steal a camera. His short videos (mostly shot on borrowed or discarded cameras) have been included in various local and international film events and screenings. Prior to 2007, Paul had been nationally known film critic, festival manager, and film curator. He has since resigned from those previous careers to focus on his work as a film and video-maker. His first feature film Kado Hari Jadi (The Anniversary Gift) (2008) has been shown at various festivals and events worldwide. Di Dasar Segalanya (At the Very Bottom of Everything… read more
I read your answer. and as I figured, it's a matter of preference. I figured there were many films out there already with an outside looking view on bipolr disorder or other mental illnesses. there are plenty of great films showing how bipolars live and interact. that was never my intention, my intention was to go inside the head of a bipolar person and give a tour inside :-) but again, I thank you for your honesty.
here it is my answer, some asked about it too hehehe...whoops it seems this wall is limiting the number of words so please go to the guy's page (http://mubi.com/users/355662) BTW, i knew you first from Tony Hotland, long time before u were a filmmaker, he said you're a movie maniac lol