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BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK

Director: Anocha Suwicha- kornpong

105 mins, 2016, Thailand, Digital, Subtitled


This film was released on Friday 16th June 2017 and is no longer screening. 

The follow up to 2009’s Mundane History, the beguiling, utterly original and shape-shifting By The Time It Gets Dark has received critical acclaim and a number of international awards since its premiere at Locarno. Initially the film follows two characters, a writer-director called Ann (Visra Vichit-Vadakan) and Taew (Rassami Paoluengton), a survivor of the devastating Thammasat student massacre of 1976 and the subject of Ann’s new film.

Following a crisis of conscience that Ann experiences while walking in a forest however, the film departs, and not for the only time, for pastures new, turning its attention to a different but not entirely unrelated set of characters and concerns. A meaningful constant throughout is Achtara Suwan who turns up in a number of roles, embodying a character who carries out menial work but who possesses a kind of dignity and wisdom that pervades this film as a whole.

(Notes by Alice Butler.)

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