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Anatomy of Time

Special Mention at 15. Five Flavours AFF
Wela
dir. Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Thailand, France, Netherlands, Singapore 2021, 117’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
Theatrical Screenings
We 17 Nov, 20:45
Kinoteka 2
Kinoteka 2
Su 21 Nov, 10:15
Kinoteka 2
Kinoteka 2
Online Availability
17 Nov, 10:00 – 29 Nov
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
15. Five Flavours: Special Mention (the second prize) World premiere: Venice Film Festival
Credits
Thailand, France, Netherlands, Singapore 2021
Duration: 117’
director: Jakrawal Nilthamrong
screenplay: Jakrawal Nilthamrong
cinematography: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
editing: Lee Chatametikool, Katharina Wartena
music: Pakorn Musikaboonlert, Pachara Chirathivat
cast: Sorabodee Changsiri, Prapamonton Eiamchan, Thaveeratana Leelanuja, Wanlop Rungkumjad
producer: Chatchai Chaiyon, Yohann Cornu, Panuksmi Hardjowirogo, Mai Meksawan, Anouk Sluizer
production: Damned Films, Diversion, M'GO Films, Sluizer Film Productions
language: Thai
colouration: colour

Film description

1960s. Maem is a girl on the brink of the adult life, whose complexities she learns about form her father, a silent watchmaker. From time to time, the father's shop is visited by two young men, wooing the daughter. A few decades later we see Maem by the bed of one of the suitors, now severely ill and rejected by the society because of the atrocities he committed in the army.

The timelines of the life of one woman are intertwining in the structure of the film, creating a spacial, enigmatic structure, filled with the burning, yet long forgotten feelings. Inspired by the memories of his mother, the director paints a portrait of a woman painfully marked by life. Nostalgia goes hand in hand with bitterness, regret mixes with the memories of the carefree moments that could have lead somewhere completely different. The background of the film is the convoluted trajectory of the contemporary history of Thailand, which left its mark on the lives of ordinary people, especially on the silent biographies of the wives and children of those whose names end up in the history books. But there is one thing that interests Nilthamronhg more than politics – it is the reflection on the inevitable cycle of life and death tying people with nature which becomes a silent, yet palpable and sensually present protagonists of the film.

text:
Jagoda Murczyńska

Jakrawal Nilthamrong

Born in 1977 in Lopburi, Thailand, studied at the Silpakorn University in Bangkok, the Pratt Institute in New York, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His short films were awarded at international festivals, he also made installations for modern art galleries. His feature debut premiered at the Rotterdam IFF. In 2007, he was chosen as a resident of Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Filmography:

2006 Patterns of Transcendence (kr.m.)

2009 Man and Gravity: Plateau (kr.m.)

2010 Unreal Forest 

2010 Immortal Woman (kr.m.)

2014 Stone Cloud (kr.m.)

2015 Znikający punkt / Jud ruam sai ta / Vanishing Point  

2021 Anatomia czasu / Wela / Anatomy of Time

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