Director Anocha Suwichakornpong
Country Thailand | Netherlands | France | Qatar
Screenplay Anocha Suwichakornpong
Cinematography Ming Kai Leung
Music Wuttipong Leetrakul
Cast Arak Amornsupasiri, Atchara Suwan, Visra Vichit Vadakan, Inthira Charoenpura, Rassami Paoluengtong, Penpak Sirikul
Première: Festival di Locarno 2016, Toronto International Film Festival 2016
Premi: First Youth Film Festival 2017 — Grand Jury Prize – Feature Film, Hong Kong Asian Film Festival 2016 — New Talent Award, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2017 — Silver Hanoman Award, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017 — Special Mention, QCinema International Film Festival 2016 — Special Citation
A filmmaker makes a film about a woman who was involved in the student protests at Bangkok’s Thammasat University in 1976. The protest was brutally suppressed – dozens of demonstrators were killed. What starts out as a film-within-a-film, intercutting images from Thailand’s past and present, quickly expands into something more complex: a film-about-film in which the associative, poetic power of the medium is investigated and used to the full. Anocha Suwichakornpong likes detours and thinks nothing of wandering off on a tangent, possibly never to return. Her dreamy second feature connects the earthly with the spiritual and follows various characters who have changing identities.
Anocha Suwichakornpong (1976, Thailand) is a scriptwriter, director and owner of production house Electric Eel Films. Graceland (2006) became the first Thai short film to be included in the Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival. Mundane History (2009), her feature film debut, won a Tiger Award in 2010. Her short film Thursday also had its world premiere at IFFR in 2015. By the Time It Gets Dark is her second feature film.