The Edge of Daybreak

Taiki Sakpisit

IFFR 2021

FIPRESCI Award
  • 114'
  • Thailand
  • 2021

A family’s mental state reflects the troubled history of Thailand in Taiki Sakpisit’s doom-laden feature film debut. Sakpisit’s The Mental Traveller featured in IFFR’s 2019 Tiger Short Competition.

The oppression of the student uprisings in the 1970s and the 2006 military coup are the implicit historic anchors for an equal parts fluid and suffocating family chronicle marred by psychological trauma, violence and guilt complexes. On the eve of a shift in political power, a woman is taken to a safe house, sharing a final meal with her husband before he is smuggled abroad. 30 years earlier, Ploy was a young girl in a coma after nearly drowning. Her father, a soldier, has been missing for three years and her mother is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Together with her lover, her husband’s younger brother, she relives the traumas of their youth.

Impending doom and repression pervade monochrome shots of desolate, dilapidated locations with lanterns creating ghostly shadow theatre. The dark soundtrack, minimal cinematic action and slow tempo conjure up a hypnotic state. The characters seem imprisoned in emotional paralysis where past and present meld into a single, endless nightmare. A shadow crosses the sun: is it an omen or will it awaken everyone?

Winner FIPRESCI Award, IFFR 2021

Director
Taiki Sakpisit
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
Thailand, Switzerland
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
114'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Phayasohk phiyohkyam
Language
Thai
Producers
Cattleya Paosrijaroen, Soros Sukhum
Production Company
185 Films
Sales
185 Films
Screenplay
Taiki Sakpisit
Cinematography
Chananun Chotrungroj
Editor
Lee Chatametikool, Harin Paesongthai
Production Design
Rasiguet Sookkarn
Sound Design
Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Music
Yasuhiro Morinaga
Cast
Manatsanun Panlertwongskul, Chalad Na Songkhla, Sunida Ratanakorn
Website
https://taikisakpisit.com/