The Songs of Rice

  • 75'
  • Thailand
  • 2014
In Thailand, rice is the basis of every meal. Little wonder then that the crop is praised in many ways. In this lyrical film, the rice cycle is given a musical accompaniment - from the moment the crop is planted in endless, moist fields beneath spectacular cloudy skies until the cooked rice is shared out in temples.
A significant part of the film is dedicated to the harvest celebrations, at which men race on bulls and set off huge (and potentially deadly) homemade fireworks, and women swathed in gleaming, colourful fabrics and headpieces move seductively to hypnotic, drawn-out beats.
There are songs praising the qualities of rice, songs about harvesting and preparing it - some simple, some accompanied by an exuberant film clip. And there are moments when the pace slackens - literally - when the images speak for themselves, in slow motion, and tell a story of deep-rooted traditions and affinity with the land that produces this celebrated foodstuff.
Director
Uruphong Raksasad
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Thailand
Production Year
2014
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
75'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Pleng khong kao
Language
Thai
Producer
Pimpaka Towira
Production Company
Extra Virgin
Sales
Mosquito Films Distribution
Screenplay
Uruphong Raksasad, Kriengsak Wittaya-aniwat
Cinematography
Uruphong Raksasad
Editor
Uruphong Raksasad