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Eternity

Sivaroj Kongsakul
Tee-rak
Thailand 2010 / 105’

A silent man arrives at an abandoned house in the desert. The visitor is the ghost of the deceased Wit, who has come to visit the home of his youth one last time. We accompany Wit into the past, where to meet the young Koy and watch their tender love for one another, which they wanted to last forever.

The film is deeply moving without being maudlin. The measured and modest narrative’s every shot patiently and steadily portrays the flow of time and intimacy between Wit and Koy. The ambient soundtrack, sustained and well-timed, is an equal partner to the film’s imagery.

Eternity is a very personal tale, whose characters are based on the director’s family and friends; the house we see was once his, though it now stands empty.

Kongsakul says that he wanted the film to be about this memory of my father and our family. […] The first part is inspired by the Thai belief that the spirit of the dead will return after three days to ‘walk the footsteps’ of the place it cherished. The second part is the recreation of the story my mother always told me when she missed my father […] The third part is about the daily life of our family in the days following my father’s death when we felt his spirit was still with us. In this film, the three parts will be connected by ‘darkness’ as a metaphor for ‘the death of a loved one’ that will stay with us forever (source: www.thaicinema.org).

awards

Rotterdam IFF 2011 – Tiger Award

Sivaroj Kongsakul

Kongsakul studied Communication Arts at Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University in Bangkok. He worked as an assistant and operator with independent Thai filmmakers, such as Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Aditya Assarat (who is also the co-producer of Kongsakul’s latest movie). He has also produced several short films. Eternity is his first full-length feature and has won its director the Tiger Award at the international Rotterdam festival – a prestigious recognition of young directors’ first or second films.

Filmography

2005 Dinner (short)

2006 Always (short)

2007 Silencio (short)

2008 Up and Down (short)

2008 War Is Over (short)

2010 Wieczność / Tee-rak / Eternity

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Cast & Crew

director Sivaroj Kongsakul
screenplay Sivaroj Kongsakul
cinematography Umpornpol Yugala
editing Sivaroj Kongsakul, Nuttorn Kungwanklai
music Qong Monkon
cast Wanlop Rungkamjad, Namfon Udomlertlak, Prapas Amnuay, Pattraporn Jaturanrasmee
producer Aditya Assarat, Soros Sukhum, Umpornpol Yugala, Preethep Boondej, Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
production Pop Pictures Co. Ltd., Red Snapper Co. Ltd., Hubert Bals Fund, Asian Cinema Fund, Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry Culture of Thailand
sales Pascale Ramonda Festival Strategies
language Thai
colouration colour