Eight contemplative short films show eight stages in the love life of Peter, a gay man in Jakarta. In chronological order, they describe Peter’s first infatuation at the age of ten, his first sexual experience, love taken away by death or crushed by the pressure of a traditional society, the difficult times in a long relationship, right up to a flirt with a younger man when 40-year-old Peter is married.
Paul Agusta, who calls the stories partly autobiographical, has plenty of experience in short film: he’s made more than 30 since he turned to cinema in 2003. The different segments of Parts of the Heart can be watched separately, but this omnibus film is more than the sum of its parts. The seduction of the younger man who walks into Peter’s coffee business in the last section is even more powerful when you have seen what led up to it. –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