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Archive - 7th Five Flavours Film Festival

36

Thailand 2012, 68’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
screenplay: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
cinematography: Pairach Khumwan
editing: Chonlasit Upanigkit
music: Wuttipong Leetrakul, Yellow Fang
cast: Koramit Vajrasthira, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Nottapon Boonprakob, Siriporn Kongma, Sirima Aksornsawang
language: Thai
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Busan IFF 2012 - Nagroda FIPRESCI, nagroda za debiut; Cinemanila IFF 2012 - najlepsza reżyseria, nominacja do Lino Brocka Award; Rotterdam IFF 2013 - nominacja do Złotego Tygrysa

Film description

The debut of Thamrongrattanarit consists of 36 shots - the exact number of frames in the analogue camera film. A simple story of love, breakup, and nostalgia, set in the times of digital technology.
A boy and a girl, their history recorded in pictures, which disappear from a disc. What happens to the memory, to the relationships experienced here and now, in the times when the importance of a moment depends on whether it was photographed with a phone? Everything is saved, archivized, but it is hardy safe when the carrier is frail, and the important files are hard to find among thousands of others.

The Thai director is one of the few filmmakers offering an in-depth analysis of the modern mental reality of young people, living their lives in the half-digital, half-real world. He achieves it without special effects and spectacular visions, masterfully translating the new type of perception into the language of cinema. The cut-off shots, a specific montage of associations, and a minimalistic, poetic atmosphere of his films, create a new, intriguing quality. It was appreciated by Béla Tarr, head of the Busan jury, who awarded the young filmmaker for "inventing his own film language."

Jagoda Murczyńska

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

Born in 1984, studied Chinese philology at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Film critic, screenwriter, co-founder of Third Class Citizen, a group of Thai film activists. He took part in Berlinale Talent Campus, and in 2013 he participated in Biennale College in Venice, with a film project based on 141 Tweets.

Filmography:

2006 Bangkok Tanks (k.m.)
2007 Penguin (k.m.)
2008 Sing Dee Dee (k.m.)
2010 Cherie Is Korean-Thai (k.m.)
2012 36
2013 Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

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