Ten Years Thailand
Hong Kong | 2018 | 93 minutes | Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Four Thai directors imagine their conformist, military-ruled nation a decade from now in visions surreal, satirical, and dystopian.
"A futuristic outcry against the old order."—The Hollywood Reporter
In this audacious and surreal anthology film, four directors approach the political and social realities of contemporary Thailand by imagining the country's future in the not-far-off year of 2028. In "Sunset" (director Aditya Assarat, SIFF 2008's Wonderful Town), a group of soldiers enforce a bizarre ideological censorship at an art gallery; in the dystopian "Catopia" (director Wisit Sasanatieng, SIFF 2011's Red Eagle), a desperate man tries to stay one step ahead of the humanoid cats who are hunting him as prey; in the neon-hued psychedelic freakout "Planetarium" (director Chulayarnnon Siriphol), a cult leader brainwashes youth through her Ministry of VHS to achieve her own unsettling version of peace; and in "Song of the City," director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) uses static long takes to capture moments in time in Ratchadanussorn Park, site of the statue of coup leader and former prime minister Sarit Thanarat. Ranging from art-house drama to sci-fi horror, from creepy to disquietingly ominous to outrageous, these four films tackle conformity, identity, militarism, and power, commenting on the shifting freedoms of their conformist, military-ruled nation.
Aditya Assarat is a film director and producer. His films include Hi-So and Wonderful Town, which won the New Currents Award from Busan and the Tiger Award from Rotterdam. Aditya is also the producer of many recent Thai films including Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit's Mary Is Happy which premiered in Venice, and Sivaroj Kongsakul's Eternity.
Chulayarnnon Siriphol is a filmmaker and visual artist. Experimenting with video installation, short film, and documentary forms, Chulayarnnon captures human behavior as both absurd and wondrous, drawn to collective myths that are blindly enforced and followed. His works include Vanishing Horizon Of The Sea (Special Mention 2014 Singapore International Film Festival) Hua-Lam-Pong (Rotterdam Film Festival 2005).
Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a filmmaker and artist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Often non-linear, with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory, subtly addressing personal politics and social issues. They have won him widespread international recognition and numerous prizes, including a Palme d'Or from the Cannes Film Festival, the first for a Southeast Asian filmmaker, for 2010's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.
Wisit Sasanatieng is a film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for his debut film Tears Of The Black Tiger. It was the first Thai film ever selected to be screened in Cannes.
Sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways Limited, Lawrence Lofts, Southeast Asia Center at UW
- Director: Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
- Principal Cast: Boonyarit Wiangnon, Kidakarn Chatkaewmanee, Tanasawan Thepsatorn, Sakda Kaewbuade
- Country: Hong Kong , Thailand, Japan
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 93 minutes
- Producer: Cattleya Paosrijaroen, Soros Sukhum, Aditya Assarat, Felix Tsang, Lorraine Ma
- Screenplay: Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
- Cinematographers: Sarun Srisingchai, Pithai Smithsuth, Pasil Tandaechanurat, Chatchai Suban
- Editors: Kamontorn Eakwatanakij, Harin Paesongthai, Lee Chatametikool, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
- Music: Chapavich Temnitikul, Amornbhong Methakunavudh, Viveka
- Website: Official Film Website
- Awards: Cannes Film Festival 2018 (Official Selection)
- Filmography: Assarat: Hi-so (2010) Sawasde Bangkok (2009) Wonderful Town (2007) 3 Friends (2005) Sasanatieng: Reside (2018) Senior (2015) Red Eagle (2010) Sawasdee Bangkok (2009) The Unseeable (2006) Citizen Dog (2004) Tears of the Black Tiger (2000) Siriphol: Debut Feature Film Weerasethakul: Cemetery of Splendor (2015) Venice 70: Future Reloaded (Doc, 2013) Mekong Hotel (2012) Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) Syndromes and a Century (2006) Tropical Malady (2004) The Adventures of Iron Pussy (2003) Blissfully Yours (2002) Haunted Houses (2001) Mysterious Object at Noon (Doc, 2000)
- Language: Thai, English
- Has Subtitles: Yes
- Format: DCP
- International Sales: Golden Scene Company Ltd.