e-flux Video & Film is very pleased to present this month’s staff selection, with two short films by Anocha Suwichakornpong: Graceland (2006) and Nightfall (2016), streaming from Thursday July 1 to Saturday July 31, 2021.
Anocha Suwichakornpong’s moving image works are innovative, stimulating and empowering. They upset the dominant perspective, shatter conventional ways of storytelling, and reflect on the film’s production itself in an attempt to open up a new screen space where emotional engagement and political thinking come together. The e-flux Video & Film team is pleased to present two debut shorts from one of Thailand’s leading filmmakers whose recent feature films have won accolades at film festivals around the world.
Anocha Suwichakornpong, Graceland, 2006
One night in Bangkok, Jon meets a mysterious woman. Together, they embark on a journey to a foreign land – the human heart.
Anocha Suwichakornpong and Tulapop Saenjaroen, Nightfall, 2016
A day in the life of an unnamed woman as she roams Singapore. Part documentary, part video essay, Nightfall is a fictionalized account of the time Anocha Suwichakornpong spent during a residency researching Thai politics in a foreign country.
Anocha Suwichakornpong is a filmmaker and producer. His work is inspired by the socio-political history of Thailand. By the time it gets dark Anocha’s second feature film centers on a massacre of students that took place in 1976 by Thai state forces and far-right paramilitaries at Thammasat University in Bangkok. She graduated from the MFA Film Program at Columbia University. His thesis film, Graceland, became the first Thai short film to be officially selected by the Cannes Film Festival. Trivial story, his first feature film, won numerous awards including the Tiger Award in Rotterdam. By the time it gets dark premiered in Locarno and has been screened at festivals such as Toronto, BFI London, Viennale and Rotterdam. The film won three Thai National Film Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. By the time it gets dark was chosen as Thailand’s entry for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
Anocha founded Electric Eel Films, a production house based in Bangkok. She has produced numerous short and feature films, including that of Wichanon Somumjarn In April of the following year, There was a fire, by Lee Chatametikool Concrete clouds, and that of Josh Kim How to win the ladies (every time). In 2014, she was artist in residence at the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Singapore. In 2016, Anocha was part of the Tiger Awards jury at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
In 2017, Anocha, along with Visra Vichit-Vadakan and Aditya Assarat, founded Purin Pictures, an initiative to support Southeast Asian cinema. In 2019, she was named the Prince Claus Laureate. From 2018 to 2020, Anocha was a guest lecturer in the Department of Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University. In 2020, Anocha received the Silpathorn Prize from the Ministry of Culture of Thailand. Currently, Anocha is a member of the DAAD Artist-in-Residence program in Berlin.
About the series
e-flux Video & Film: Staff Picks is a monthly streaming series of employee picks and recommended videos designed to disrupt the monotony of an algorithm. Before the big data days were over, we used to find suggested content along the dusty shelves of video rental stores, where post-it notes scribbled by shift workers imploring us to check out the same movies that made them laugh, scream or cry. Sometimes the content annoyed us, sometimes it overwhelmed us, and sometimes, like magic, it was right. e-flux invites you to relive this mode of reading in a rental store, with personalized choices organized by a judgment that does not take into account your viewing history.
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