Archive of films The Photograph / The Photograph

Indonesia / France / Netherlands / Switzerland / Sweden
2007, 94 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2008

The young prostitute Sita finds an uninviting but cheap bedsit in the attic of a small photographic studio. Between two of life’s drifters – the young woman and a withdrawn aging photographer – a fragile bond begins to develop within the elusive, mysterious world of photographic images. Do they have a chance together to escape the traumas of the past and the brutality of the present?


25-year-old Sita makes a living as a prostitute in a karaoke bar, but not even this is enough to support her sick mother who is looking after her little girl in the country, nor does she have sufficient funds to pay off her debt to the brutal pimp Suroso. Desperation forces the young woman to find an uninviting but cheap bedsit in an attic room above a photographic studio. Its owner, the taciturn, withdrawn aging photographer Johan, begins to form a part of her life – if in quite a different way from the men she has known until now. The woman resolves to start afresh. When she discovers that the sick photographer only has a few months to live, she decides to fulfil his last wishes. She finds out that three photographs which Johan plans to take are linked to the tragic and dark past of a man who unwittingly transformed her life. An intimate story about the relationship between two traumatised drifters who chance upon one another through the fragile and elusive world of photographic images.

About the director

Nan Triveni Achnas (b. 1963, Singapore) got herself noticed with her short film The Little Gayo Singer (Ceh kucak gayo, 1995) and debuted with the feature-length comedy Kuldesak (1999). She won numerous awards for her film Whispering Sands (Pasir berbisik, 2001),  which was included in the section Another View at the KVIFF 2002 and won numerous awards (Brisbane, Deauville Asian Film Festival, Oslo). The film was also screened in competition at the Rotterdam IFF and won the Special Jury Prize at the Seattle IFF in 2002. After the short documentary Invisible Garments, Expensive Soles (2001) she directed the medium-length film The Flag (Bendera, 2002), which she also produced. The drama The Photograph (2007) is her latest film.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm
European premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Nan T. Achnas
Screenplay: Nan T. Achnas
Dir. of Photography: Yadi Sugandi
Music: Aksan & Titi Sjuman
Editor: Sastha Sunu
Producer: Shanty Harmayn
Production: Salto Films
Cast: Lim Kay Tong, Shanty, Lukman Sardi, Indy Barends
Contact: FilmSharks Int'l


Nan T. Achnas

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