- Japan Premiere
Competition｜130th Anniversary of Thailand-Japan Diplomatic Relations: Thai Film Promotion
BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK
Director: Anocha SUWICHAKORNPONG
2016｜Thailand, Netherland, France, Qatar｜105min｜Language: Thai｜Subtitles: Japanese, English
|3/8 (Wed)||13:30||Hankyu Umeda Hall|
|3/10 (Fri)||18:30||Umeda Burg 7: Theater3||◎|
- Arak AMORNSUPASIRI
A film director and her muse who was a student activist in the 1970s, a waitress who keeps changing jobs, an actor and an actress, all live loosely connected to each other by almost invisible threads. The narrative sheds its skin several times to reveal layer upon layer of the complexities that make up the characters’ lives.
“By the Time it Gets Dark” examines whether artists can relate to grim events from the past through a film-within-a-film premise. The military-led massacre of student demonstrators at a university in Bangkok in 1976 serves as the subject for a film the characters are involved in. As the filming takes place, audiences are asked to question whether people can truly understand the historical trauma of what happened through viewing philosophical passages of action made up of increasingly surreal and beautiful images juxtaposing a peaceful and prosperous present with those brutal events of the past and the ghosts that remain.
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