Anatomy of Time

Jakrawal Nilthamrong

P&I Selection 2022

  • 118'
  • Thailand
  • 2021

Anatomy of Time begins with the ending: the death of Maem’s beloved spouse, a merciless former Thai army officer who fell from grace late in his career. Alternating between past and present, filmmaker Jakrawal Nilthamrong’s second feature film – his first, Vanishing Point, won him the Tiger Award in 2015 – tells the story of Maem, the daughter of a rural clockmaker. We see her as a young woman yet to discover herself in the 1960s, and in her present role as her dying husband’s loyal caretaker – a man now hated by the Thai people.

The film is part historical document of a turbulent time in Thailand, suffering, as it was, under military dictatorship, terrorism from Communist guerillas, and violent confrontations between the various parties. With minimal dialogue or explicit explanation, but with an eye for both tranquil details and the spectacular, omnipresent nature, Nilthamrong meanders through past and present, facts and fiction.

Director
Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Countries of production
Thailand, France, Singapore, Netherlands
Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
118'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Wela
Language
Thai
Producers
Mai Meksawan, Chatchai Chaiyon, Yohann Cornu, Anouk Sluizer, Panuksmi Hardjowirogo
Production Companies
Diversion, Damned Films, M'GO Films, Sluizer Films BV
Sales
Diversion
Screenplay
Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Cinematography
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Editor
Lee Chatametikool, Katharina Wartena
Production Design
Sarawut Karwnamyen
Sound Design
Benjamin Lécuyer, Chalermrat Kaweewattana, Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Ting Li Lim
Music
Pakorn Musikaboonlert, Pachara Chirathivat
Cast
Thaveeratana Leelanuja, Prapamonton Eiamchan, Sorabodee Changsiri, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Nopachai Jayanama, Paopoom Chiwarak, Rawipa Srisanguan