Dajang Soembi (The woman who was married to a dog) Indonesian short film
The recent years, short films are one of the main motors of the Indonesian film landscape. The Indonesian short films receive a lot of attention and awards worldwide, amongst others from the prestigious Festival Film de Cannes, the Venice Film Festival and the Rotterdam Film Festival.
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Dajang Soembi (The woman who was married to a dog)
Indonesia, 2004, 7 min
Silent short (with music and inter-titles) telling an old Indonesian folk tale of a princess who ends up married to a dog. Dajang Soembi has a content of bestiality, Oedipus complex and gory violence wrapped in as artistic black-and white film. It is inventive and humorous variation on the idiom of the old silent film. Especially the outspoken design of Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari served as source of inspiration and satire. An absurd story unfolds against a colonial background, as the title indicates. Made with guts and a sense of humor.
About the director
Edwin was born in 1978 in Indonesia. He studied graphic design in Surabaya and film in Jakarta. In 2005, his film Kara, the Daughter of a Tree became the first Indonesian short ever invited to the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival. His feature debut, Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly (2008), was awarded the FIPRESCI Prize in Rotterdam and Postcards From the Zoo was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012.