BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK | Dir. Anocha Suwichakornpong | 2016 | 115 min
Presented in Thai with English subtitles
A HEADSPINNING TOUR DE FORCE, BEGINNING WITH THE ATTACK ON STUDENTS IN 1976 AND TURNING TO THE NATURE OF FILM-MAKING ITSELF.
This mesmerising second feature from Thai film-maker Anocha Suwichakornpong, writer/director of 2009’s Mundane History, is a kaleidoscopic meditation on the shifting relationship between past and present, truth and fiction, movies and memory. A self-referential treatise on the impossibility of capturing “real” life on camera, it begins with a single linear narrative that mushrooms into something altogether wider and more weird. Described by its creator as both an “ode to the memory-recording and reconstructing machine that is cinema” and “my attempt to deal with the impossibility of making a historical film in a place where there is no history”, it’s a dizzying, dazzling work – elliptically political, frequently perplexing, yet fluid enough in its possibilities to allow each viewer to divine their own meanings from its quicksilver forms. READ MORE, The Guardian
FIRST YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - Won (Jury Award, Grand Jury Prize - Feature Film | Anocha Suwichakornpong)
HAMBURG FILM FESTIVAL 2016 - Nominated (Young Talent Award, Best Feature Film | Anocha Suwichakornpong)
LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 - Nominated (Golden Leopard, Best Film | Anocha Suwichakornpong)
MINNEAPOLIS ST. PAUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - Nominated (Emerging Filmmaker Award | Anocha Suwichakornpong)
OSAKA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - Won (Special Mention | Anocha Suwichakornpong)
QCINEMA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 - Won (Special Citation, Asian Next Wave | Anocha Suwichakornpong), Nominated (Pylon Award, Best Picture - Asian Next Wave | Anocha Suwichakornpong)
ROTTERDAM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 - Nominated (KNF Award | Anocha Suwichakornpong)
SINGAPORE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016 - Nominated (Silver Screen Award, Best Asian Feature Film | Anocha Suwichakornpong)
THAILAND NATIONAL FILM ASSOCIATION AWARDS 2017 - Won (National Film Association Award, Best Picture, Best Director | Anocha Suwichakornpong, Best Editing | Lee Chatametikool, Machima Ungsriwong), Nominated - (National Film Association Award, Best Supporting Actor | Natdanai Wangsiripaisarn, Best Supporting Actress |
Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Best Supporting Actress | Achtara Suwan, Best Screenplay | Anocha Suwichakornpong, Best Cinematography | Ming-Kai Leung, Best Costume Design | Rujirumpai Mongkol)
This film is the first selection in our CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA series.