By the Time It Gets Dark

  • 105'
  • Thailand
  • 2016

A filmmaker makes a film about a woman who was involved in the student protests at Bangkok’s Thammasat University in 1976. The protest was brutally suppressed – dozens of demonstrators were killed. The two women get to know one another in a beautiful house in the Thai countryside.
What starts out as a film-within-a-film, intercutting images from Thailand’s past and present, quickly expands into something more complex: a film-about-film in which the associative, poetic power of the medium is investigated and used to the full. This will come as no surprise to those familiar with Anocha Suwichakornpong’s feature debut, Mundane History, which won a Tiger Award in Rotterdam in 2010. The director likes detours and thinks nothing of wandering off on a tangent, possibly never to return. Her dreamy second feature connects the earthly (fungi, commercials) with the spiritual (telekinetic forces, for example) and follows various characters who have changing identities.

Director
Anocha Suwichakornpong
Countries of production
Thailand, France, Qatar, Netherlands
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
105'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Dao khanong
Language
Thai
Producer
Soros Sukhum
Production Company
Electric Eel Films
Sales
Luxbox
Cinematography
Leung Ming-kai
Editor
Lee Chatametikool, Machima Ungsriwong
Production Design
Parinda Moongmaiphol, Vikrom Janpanus
Sound Design
Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Music
Wuttipong Leetrakul
Cast
Arak Amornsupasiri, Atchara Suwan, Visra Vichit Vadakan, Inthira Charoenpura, Rassami Paoluengtong, Penpak Sirikul
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund