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In the very second it takes you to read this sentence, two people die in the world. How do their last moments look like? Are they aware the end is at hand? Will their death be reported by the media? Will someone post symbolic candles on Instagram?
Thamrongrattanarit's essay about death avoids pathos an excessive dramatization, touching the deepest emotions almost imperceptibly. The six fictionalized episodes are mixed with documentary footage which adds a splash of statistics – the barren facts meet the most intimate, individual experiences. The protagonists include Millennials, young adults, and an over 100-year-old man, all of them equally helpless when faced with the irony of death, living their last moments an equally prosaic way. The director returns to the collage form of his debut, "36," using the aesthetics of the new media and contemporary pop culture to explore grave philosophical questions. The soft light and dimmed colors add to the dreamy atmosphere of the film, but the problems it raises keep coming back to the audiences long after the screening.
Born in 1984, studied Chinese philology at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Film critic, screenwriter, co-founder of Third Class Citizen, a Thai group uniting film activists. He took part in Berlinale Talent Campus, and in Biennale College in Venice in 2013. His "36" received the Grand Prix of the 7th Five Flavours People's Jury.
2006 Bangkok Tanks (k.m.)
2013 Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy
2014 The Master (dok.)
2015 Atak serca / Heart Attack / Freelance: Ham puay... Ham phak... Ham rak mor
2017 Umrzesz jutro / Die Tomorrow