BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK  (Narrative)

Price:

DVD with PPR _ $180.00

 

Subjects:

 

Asian Studies, Cinema Studies, Womens Studies

 

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Synopsis

 

The delicately poetic second feature by Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong weaves together multiple stories and characters to create a portrait of a beautiful country haunted by the lingering trauma of the 1976 government-sanctioned massacre of student demonstrators in Bangkok.

 

A shape-shifting narrative around memory, politics and cinema, the film weaves together the stories of several characters. We meet a young waitress serving breakfast at an idyllic country café, only to later find her employed in the busy dining room of a river cruise ship. And we meet a filmmaker interviewing an older woman whose life was transformed by the political activism of her student years and the Thammasat University massacre of 1976. With her tender, unobtrusive filmmaking style, Suwichakornpong allows us to get to know these characters slowly and deeply. At the same time, we see how their beautiful country and its troubled history inform their actions and identities in ways both overt and subtle.

Quotes

 

"It's a film, a rather gorgeous one, of glances and ephemera and

delicate metaphors."

- Michael Atkinson, The Village Voice

 

"Suwichakornpong achingly recognizes the gulf between pseudo-knowledge and lived wisdom, and it is in this liminal zone that she has chosen to work."

- Nick Pinkerton, Artforum

 

"The film’s textures and syntax are so strange and alluring that Suwichakornpong’s film becomes far more than the sum of its disparate parts."

-Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

 

"It already suggests a heady iconoclast snooping out profound points of exchange between

the possibilities of narration through images and the politics of memory."

Film Comment - Dan Sullivan

 

"You’ll be lucky to find a more ambitious or enthralling work of cinema in this year’s festival."

Sight & Sound: Kieron Corless

 

"By the Time It Gets Dark follows in the same path as the works of Thai directors Weerasethakul, Assarat, and Ratanaruang; but Suwichakornpong expands this idea to the fullest extent."

Film Comment: Kelley Dong

Film Info

2016 I 105 mins I Thailand, France, Netherlands, Qatar I Thai with English Subtitles

Credits

Director_ANOCHA SUWICHAKORNPONG

Producers_GUILLAUME MOREL,

MAENUM CHAGASIK

Screenplay_ANOCHA SUWICHAKORNPONG

Editor_LEE CHATAMETIKOOL

MACHIMA UNGSRIWONG

Director of Photography_MING KAI LEUNG

Sound Mixer_AKRITCHALERM KALAYANAMITR

 

Festivals

New Directors New Films, New York 2017

Locarno Film Festival 2016

Toronto International Film Festival 2016

Busan International Film Festival 2016

London Film Festival 2016

Vienna International Film Festival 2016

Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2016

 

 

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