In the Absence of the Sun


Directed by Lucky Kuswandi
Producer: Bee Thiam Tan
Writing Credits: Lucky Kuswandi, Ucu Agustin
Production Company: fridayni8htfilms, Indonesia
Format: HD
Estimated Running Time: 90 min
Status: Development (script ready)
Looking for: Pre-sales, Funds
Estimated release date: 2010
Website: http://www.fridayni8htfilms.com/absence.html


A tender, melancholic night is experienced through the eyes of three sleep-deprived, restless spirits as they struggle to find themselves in this ever-changing jungle of Jakarta. Battling their past baggage, present confusions, and future hopes, they are driven to resolve their open-heart yearnings through the people they share the night with along the way.

Director’s Statement

Nighttime is an uncertain, fragile moment. Because it is dark, it creates desperate times when suddenly people reveal their masks, their true selves. They behave according to their carnal desires, but only temporarily. Because as the day begins again, they put on their masks (and behavior). Suddenly their own identity becomes a big blur. Jakarta is an uncertain, fragile city. It is definitely moving towards an exciting direction, but none of us know what direction it is. Everything is in transition… from the government, the mixed-up culture, even the houses that come and go thanks to the big damaging flood every five years. It is a place where everything clashes without its own sense of identity. Since everything is a big blur, the only thing one can do is to just live in the moment, and to take the most out of the city when we can. Some does it to the extreme of damaging the city, but some enjoys the fulfillment the city does offer, even though it happens in flashes of seconds. Nighttime in Jakarta can be somber and depressing. But it produces some of the most magical, transitional little moments especially for those who cannot sleep. Those who are forced to experience the disappearance of the sun. Those lonely sleepwalkers who are looking for an escape, a temporary sanctuary, so that the next day they can regain themselves again, put on their masks, and continue their lives toward uncertainty.

Director’s biography
Lucky Kuswandi was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. He went to Los Angeles to study filmmaking and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena. He has produced and directed four short films that has been widely received and screened in more than 30 film festivals worldwide. Ever since he returned to Jakarta in 2005, he has become one of Indonesia’s most promising young filmmakers. For the past two years, he has been selected to participate in the tightly-competitive Jakarta International Film Festival Script Development Program. In 2006, he won the coveted title of Best Film Project for his script of his upcoming feature film “Miss Indonesia.” Earlier in the same year, he also was invited to be a part of the prestigious Berlinale Talent Campus. He was selected among more than 6000 applicants around the world. Currently, Lucky works in Jakarta and is preparing his first feature film “In the Absence of the Sun.”


Miss Indonesia (2009 – upcoming feature film)

  • Supported by the Hubert Bals Fund
  • Winner Best Film Project at the Jakarta International Film Festival 2006 (Script Development Competition)

In the Absence of the Sun (2009 – upcoming feature film)

  • Winner Produire au Sud (Bangkok) for Best Film Project 2006

Miss. Mrs.? in At Stake, (omnibus documentary)

  • Official selection for the Panorama Dokumente, Berlin International Film Festival 2009

A Letter of Unprotected Memories in 9808 An Anthology of 10th Year Indonesian Reform (omnibus documentary)

  • Official selection, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2009

Still (short film)

  • 24th San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival 2006
  • Cinemasia Film Festival 2006
  • 21st Turin International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2006
  • 59th Cannes Film Festival – Short Film Corner 2006 (Marché du Film)

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