Ostensibly a film about the student protests and subsequent massacre at Thammasat University in Bangkok in 1976, Anocha Suwichakornpong’s second feature film, By the Time It Gets Dark, is a beguiling rumination on history, memory, and representation. From a filmmaker interviewing a former leader from the student movement to a young actor’s life on and off screen to the discovery of a glittery blue mushroom, the film follows along a labyrinthine path where people and places return unexpectedly, and the narrative continually makes and unmakes itself. 2016, Thailand, DCP, in Thai with English subtitles, 105 min.
Post-show conversation with the artist led by Pablo de Ocampo, director and curator of Moving Image.
In partnership with FD13, the Walker welcomes award-winning filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong for a monthlong residency in Minneapolis. In addition to the screenings of two of her recent films—By the Time It Gets Dark and Come Here—the artist will premiere a newly commissioned performance, FREETIME, related to her forthcoming feature.
About the Artist
Anocha Suwichakornpong a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and producer whose work is informed by the sociopolitical history of Thailand. She was a DAAD resident in Berlin (2021) and a visiting lecturer on art, film, and visual studies at Harvard University (2018–2020). Her films have been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York; TIFF Cinematheque, Toronto; and Olhar De Cinema, Brazil, among others. She is the recipient of the 2019 Prince Claus Award, the Silpathorn Award (2019), and her feature By the Time It Gets Dark (2016) was awarded Best Picture and Best Director from Thailand National Film Association, making her the first woman to be awarded.
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