The Mirror Never Lies
The sea and a mirror are what sustain the life of 12 year old Kapis, who lives on the small Indonesian island of Kampung Bajo. The mirror is a gift left by her father who was lost at sea, and the sea is where she and her mother make their living. According to Bajo culture, the mirror symbolizes something that can help recover a lost object or person.
Kapis looks upon the mirror her father left and believes in his return. But to her mother, firmly rooted in reality, the mirror is only a tool for applying makeup. When her mother breaks the mirror and falls for young Tudo, visiting the Bajo Island for dolphin research, Kapis despairs. Then she steals the island mirror. However, Kapis must learn to overcome her sadness on her own. To her the sea is her father’s home and a great mirror.
Kamila Andini (b. 1986 in Jakarta, Indonesia) was educated at Melbourne’s Deakin University where she studied media arts and sociology. Her earliest work was as a documentarist and in series television, and she also directed several music videos. "Mirror Never Lies" is her first feature. She is the daughter of director Garin Nughoro (his "Opera Jawa" was selected for Vilnius IFF "Kino pavasaris").
Selected filmography: "A Song for Tukik" (2010, short), "Mirror Never Lies" (2011, "Kino pavasaris").
- Year: 2011
- Country: Indonesia
- Runtime: 100 min.
- Director: Kamila Andini
- Screenwriters: Kamila Andini, Dirmawan Hatta
- Actors: Gita Novalista, Atiqah Hasiholan, Reza Rahadian
- Producers: Garin Nugroho, Nadine Chandrawinata
- Cinematographer: Rachmat Ipung Syaiful
- Company: Set Film Production
- Dialogs: Indonesian
- Subtitles: Lithuanian, English
- Classification: N-7
- IMDB rating: 7.1