2017 FESTIVAL UPDATE #5: Visiting Filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong


The HIFF 2017 Award for “Farthest Distance Travelled to Attend HIFF” goes to Thai scriptwriter, director and producer Anocha Suwichakornpong! We are honoured to host Anocha as she presents her feature film, "By The Time It Gets Dark."

Anocha 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, and her first feature "Mundane History" (2013) has won numerous awards including a Tiger Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

"By The Time It Gets Dark" is 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, this film 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.

Premiering at the Locarno Film Festival, "By The Time It Gets Dark" has since screened at many 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.

"By The Time It Gets Dark" screens on Thursday, June 9 at 7pm at the Neptune’s Scotiabank Stage Theatre. Don’t miss your chance to see this incredible film and participate in the Q+A session with Anocha following the screening.