In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire

  • 76'
  • Thailand
  • 2012
Nuhm is a foreman in the building industry in Bangkok who has to look for other work. On the eve of the Thai New Year, he returns to his birthplace in the north-east of Thailand (where director Wichanon Somumjarn also grew up). After the wedding of a school friend, Nuhm goes to see his father, but their reunion is difficult. Meeting a young woman he was once in love with brings out other feelings. They talk about Albert Camus' rules for a happy life and Nuhm admits that he would most love to make films. Meanwhile, on the radio we hear news reports about riots in other parts of the country.
The film takes an unexpected turn when, in a documentary fragment, the director's father and older brother appear on screen. Then it becomes apparent that much of what we’ve seen is autobiographical - the title refers to an event that took place when Somumjarn was six months old. Fiction, reality, memories and dreamlike images become increasingly intertwined.
This first full-length feature film by former architecture student Somumjarn leans primarily on moods and feelings. A lot remains unsaid. Beauty can be inside issues, such as caring for a horse, the landscape or a karaoke song about diverging life paths. It’s also a meditation. And, as the director says: 'This is the story of my land.'


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Director
Wichanon Somumjarn
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Thailand
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
76'
Medium
HDcam
Original title
Sin maysar fon tok ma proi proi
Language
Thai
Producers
Anocha Suwichakornpong, Maenum Chagasik
Production Company
Electric Eel Films
Sales
Electric Eel Films
Screenplay
Wichanon Somumjarn
Cinematography
Leung Ming-kai
Editor
Machima Ungsriwong
Production Design
Piyabut Jiraborworn
Sound Design
Sorayos Prapapan
Cast
Uhten Sririwi, Jinnapat Ladarat
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund
Website
http://electriceelfilms.com