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Vanishing Point

Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Jud ruam sai ta
Thailand  2015 / 100’

Thirty-two years ago, a car accident almost took the lives of Jakrawal Nilthamrong's parents. In his second full-length film, the director considers what might have happened had things turned out differently. Vanishing Point is, however, far from a simple reconstruction and even farther still from merely scratching at old wounds. The film's raw style is combined with a story that takes place somewhere between a dream and reality. In one thread, we follow an idealistic journalist who is unable to come to terms with widespread injustice. In another, we see a rich businessman who is leading an empty life and who spies on the guests in his hotel. They are both trying to escape from something, even if they do know from what it is yet. Their lives are freely intertwined with no apparent key, as they slowly head toward a dramatic conclusion that proves to be the link joining the film world with the director's private pain. A demanding puzzle, but with a touch of lightness. Beyond the dilemmas in their lives, the protagonists are also accompanied by karaoke and popular local songs.

Robert Mróz

awards

Rotterdam IFF 2015 - Hivos Tiger Award

Jakrawal Nilthamrong

Born in Thailand in 1977, completed both art and technology studies in Chicago. Has associations with Holland (a scholarship in Amsterdam), both of his full-length films have been screened at the festival in Rotterdam. In addition to film, also works with art installations and is a lecturer at Thailand's Thammasat University.

Selected filmography

2010 Unreal Forest

2010 Immortal Woman (short)

2014 Stone Cloud (short)

2014 Intransit (short)

2015 Znikający punkt / Jud ruam sai ta / Vanishing Point

Cast & Crew

director Jakrawal Nilthamrong
screenplay Jakrawal Nilthamrong
cinematography Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
editing Jakrawal Nilthamrong
music Pakorn Musikaboonlert
cast Ongart Cheamcharoenpornkul, Drunphob Suriyawong, Chalee Choueyai, Suweeraya Thongmee
producer Chatchai Chaiyon, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
production Mit Out Sound Films
sales Diversion
language Thai
colouration colour