A Film By Anocha Suwichakornpong
THURSDAY JUNE 8 | 7PM | SCOTIABANK STAGE THEATRE | 105 min
$10 At the door | $8 Advance/student/senior/unwaged
A film director interviews a former student activist and survivor of the 1976 Thammasat University massacre. The figure of a young woman shape-shifts from a waitress, to a cleaner, to a monk. A pop star croons the phrase “Please don’t lie to me” during the production of a sappy music video. With her celebrated second feature, Anocha Suwichakornpong presents a bold and deeply humanistic mosaic of modern day Thailand that explores the question of the role of cinema in the representation of a nation’s historical trauma. Adopting the elusive form of a dream or faded memory, By the Time It Gets Dark is a reflection of the filmmaker’s creative ingenuity under a repressive political climate as much as it is a profound expression of a new cinematic paradigm.
"Occasionally dizzying, By the Time it Gets Dark is never didactic and through her bold approach to the medium Anocha Suwichakornpong offers audiences a thrilling glimpse of the possibilities of cinema."
— Kate Taylor BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
“This is a cinema that is far from the idea of the documentary, a cinema that exalts its proper essence: imagination.”
A Q+A session with Anocha will follow the screening
Anocha Suwichakornpong is a Thai scriptwriter, director, and producer. She is a graduate of the MFA film programme at Columbia University, New York where she was a recipient of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship. Her thesis film Graceland (2006) was the first Thai short film to be screened in competition at the Cannes Film Festival (Cinefondation). Her first feature Mundane History (2013) won numerous awards including a Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. By the Time It Gets Dark premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and has screened at major film festivals worldwide including the Toronto International Film Festival and the BFI London Film Festival. The film won Best Picture, Best Director and Best Editing at the 2017 Thailand National Film Association Awards.