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By the Time It Gets Dark

Anocha Suwichakornpong
Dao khanong
Thailand, France, Qatar, Netherlands 2016 / 105’
Barrage Family Life

The director interviews a writer, the sole survivor of the 1976 student massacre at Thammasat University. A hotel worker frequently changes jobs and homes. A pop-culture star, actor and writer, takes part in new projects. Suwichakornpong composes a poetic mosaic using fragments of several characters' daily lives. Real life scenes constantly transform into a film set. This is only the second full-length feature from the director of Mundane Story (awarded the New Horizons Grand Prix in 2010), but her style is nonetheless remarkably expressive, forged through the production of numerous short films that often combine into cinematic novellas. Suwichakornpong is, alongside Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Adityi Assarat, and Pen-eka Ratanaruang, one of the most interesting personas of Thai cinema. She combines opposites in an interesting manner, e.g. reality with fiction, the past with contemporaneity, politics with unbounded imagination, and subtlety with brutality. She tells the story of modern Thailand through impressions, snippets, rustles, stains of light and fragments of memories.

Agnieszka Szeffel


QCinema IFF 2016 - Special Citation; Thailand National Film Association Awards 2017 - Best Picture, Director, Editing

Anocha Suwichakornpong

Born in Thailand in 1976, Suwichakorpong studied Art and Cultural Studies in the UK. In 2006, she completed her film studies at Columbia University where she was a recipient of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association scholarship. The same year, she attended the Berlinale Talent Campus. She is the co-founder of Electric Eel Films, a company producing independent Thai films. Her diploma film, Graceland, was the first Thai short film to qualify for the Cannes International Film Festival. Her award-winning debut in Rotterdam, Mundane Story, won the Grand Prix at T-Mobile New Horizons in 2010. In 2011, she was one of the jurors of the International New Horizons Competition. By the Time It Gets Dark is her second full-length feature.

Selected filmography

2006 Graceland (short)

2008 Duj jit jai / Like. Real. Love (short)

2008 Jai (short)

2009 Zwyczajna historia / Jao nok krajok / Mundane History

2010 All That Remains (short)

2010 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (co-dir.)

2012 Pohn talay / Overseas (short, co-dir.)

2015 Thursday (short, co-dir.)

2016 Gdy zapadnie zmrok / Dao kanong / By the Time It Gets Dark

Cast & Crew

director Anocha Suwichakornpong
screenplay Anocha Suwichakornpong
cinematography Ming-Kai Leung
editing Lee Chatametikool, Machima Ungsriwong
music Wuttipong Leetrakul
cast Arak Amornsupasiri, Apinya Sakuljaroensuk, Achtara Suwan
producer Anocha Suwichakornpong, Soros Sukhum, Lee Chatametikool
production Electric Eel Films
sales Luxbox
language Thai
colouration colour