Siti, a young and beautiful woman, must find a way to care for her son, her paralyzed husband and her mother-in-law. By day, she sells snacks on the beach; by night, she sells herself in an illegal karaoke bar. Her encounter with a policeman, who falls in love with her, makes her life even more complicated.
There are no clear villains in the film — even the landlord demanding the overdue rent seems to be justified in demanding what he’s owed. Instead, the camera focuses on Siti’s internal struggle and subsequent meltdown, which began a year before, when an accident at sea left her fisherman husband paralyzed and mute.
Shot in black and white, we see Siti up close, and search for the small pockets of light as darkness slowly consumes the frame. When Siti’s world turns to darkness, we can only sit and wait — which way shall she turn? -KE
Bintang Timur Widodo
Eddie Cahyono was born in Jogjakarta in 1977. He graduated from the Television Department of the Indonesian Institute of Art in 2007 and founded Fourcolours Films. He directed a number of short films, which won numerous awards both at home and abroad. Siti is Cahyono’s debut feature film.
Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015
Udine Far East Film Festival 2015
Taipei Film Festival 2015
Best Performance Award
Singapore International Film Festival 2014