By the Time It Gets Dark

Anocha Suwichakornpong

31º Festival


New Auteurs

Length: 105min

Country: France Países Bajos Thailand


D, G: Anocha Suwichakornpong
E: Lee Chatametikool, Machima Ungsriwon
DA: Parinda Moongmaiphol, Vikrom Japanus
S: Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
M: Wuttipong Leetrakul
CP: Electric Eel Films
I: A. Amornsupasiri, A. Suwan, V. Vichit-Vadakan, I. Charoenpura


Anne Sophie Trintignac
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To call what happens happens in By theTime It Gets Darka "plot” is to do it a disservice of sorts, such is the beguilingly self-reflexive nature of Anocha Suwichakornpong’s becalmed, trippy, historically conscious fungus of a film. That the film strays from its central conceit—the Thammasat University massacre of 1976— is a gambit that Suwichakornpong handles with an elastic but formally cohesive schema of detours, longueurs, and non-sequiturs. This would all seem to put one off the scent of a horrific tragedy were it not for the fact that the cyclical, tangential essence of her narrative threads speaks to a broader humanist concern, as well as the current climate under a similarly suppressive regime… The film’s original title, refers to uncharted territory on the outskirts of Bangkok, but its prosaic English offshoot suggests a twilight of both movie going and cinema itself, where cinematic memories can be, while not entirely forgotten, composted for future consideration. 
Anocha Suwichakornpong
He was born in Thailand in 1976, and graduated from the University of Columbia. He directed several short films, including Graceland (2006) and Overseas (2012; co-directed with Wichanon Somunjarn). In 2009 he directed his first feature-length film Mundane History


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