By the Time It Gets Dark

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Thailand | 2016 | 105 minutes | Anocha Suwichakornpong

Magically and melancholy, Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong observes a filmmaker, a pop star, and a waitress who is constantly changing jobs, craftily revealing how their lives are interconnected through a decades-spanning tale of a country with a haunted past.

"Intriguing and severely beautiful throughout"Andrew Wright, The Stranger

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By the Time It Gets Dark has little interest in straightforwardness, but that’s what makes it so intriguing. In Anocha Suwichakornpong’s second feature-length film, characters live a life in one scene and a completely different one in the next. The film revolves around a 1976 event in which students at Thamassat University in Bangkok were brutally suppressed while protesting a military leader’s return. In the most direct scenes, we encounter a former student protester who shares her reflections with a young filmmaker. At its most abstract, the film shows extended cuts of nature and recreates earlier scenes with different actors. The film’s ambiguity hints at the unfeasibility of fully grasping the essence of a historical event without being there. While little is definitive in By the Time It Gets Dark, one thing absolutely is: This film is a beautiful one. The non-linear story is told poetically, through both captivating camerawork and emotional dialogue. Even when it’s uncertain what By the Time It Gets Dark is trying to communicate, it’s evident that it’s doing so in an exquisitely unconventional way.

Director Biography

Anocha Suwichakornpong is a film director and producer from Thailand. Her first feature, Mundane History won the Tiger Award at Rotterdam. Her second feature, By the Time It Gets Dark, won the Prince Claus Fund from CineMart and received financial support from Ministry of Culture (Thailand), the Hubert Bals Fund and Doha Film Institute. She has also produced In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire (IFFR 2012), Concrete Clouds (IFFR 2014), and How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) which screened at Berlinale 2015.

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  • Original Language Title: Dao Khanong
  • Director: Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Principal Cast: Arak Amornsupasiri, Atchara Suwan, Visra Vichit-Vadakan, Inthira Charoenpura, Rassami Paoluengtong
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Thailand, France, Netherlands, Qatar
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 105 minutes
  • Producer: Guillaume Morel, Maenum Chagasik
  • Screenplay: Anocha Suwichakornpong
  • Cinematographers: Ming Kai Leung
  • Editors: Lee Chatametikool, Machima Ungsriwong
  • Music: Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: QCinema International Film Festival 2016 (Asian Next Wave); Thailand National Film Association Awards
  • Filmography: Breakfast Lunch Dinner (2013); Mundane History (2009)
  • Language: Thai
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: KimStim
  • International Sales: Luxbox