Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong's ethereal first film has been widely praised as one of the most startling and original feature debuts of recent years. This seemingly ordinary, astutely structured family drama is a film with cosmic aspirations.
The story of a paralyzed son, his elusive father, and the male nurse hired to take care of the wheelchair-bound patient parallels the emotional dynamic of a single home with the tumult of an entire country. Like its dichotomic title, the film gradually expands outwards to morph into a philosophical and hallucinogenic meditation about our place in the universe. A film as beautiful, strange and as mysterious as life itself.
The DVD features the film presented from a new HD transfer, approved by the director; Anocha Suwichakornpong's award-winning 2006 short film Graceland; a newly filmed, exclusive interview with director Anocha Suwichakornpong and a booklet featuring a new essay by arts journalist and film critic Carmen Gray.
• Presented from a new HD transfer, approved by the director.
• Newly filmed, exclusive interview with director Anocha Suwichakornpong.
• Graceland (2006): Anocha Suwichakornpong's award-winning short film.
• Booklet featuring a new essay by arts journalist and film critic Carmen Gray.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound option.
• Optimal quality dual-layer disc.
Phakpoom Surapongsanuruk - Ake
Arkaney Cherkham - Pun
Paramej Noi-am - Thanin
Anchana Ponpitakthepkij - Somjai
Karuna Looktumthong - Kaew
Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong
Screenplay - Anocha Suwichakornpong
Cinematography - Ming Kai Leung
Editing - Lee Chatametikool
Sound design - Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Music – The Photo Sticker Machine, Furniture
Art Director – Parinda Moongmaiphol
Producers – Soros Sukhum, Anocha Suwichakornpong
2010 Rotterdam Intl Film Festival / Winner: VPRO Tiger Award
2010 Era New Horizons Intl Film Festival / Winner: Grand Prix
2010 Mumbai Film Festival / Winner: Best Director Award
"A simple, yet abstract film with a mesmerizing aura"
The Hollywood Reporter
"Manifestly the most ambitious feature debut from a Thai filmmaker in years" Bangkok Post
"Thai cinema continues to come of age with this starling debut... simply spellbinding"
Edinburgh International Film Festival
"Audacious... bravura... magnificent... beneath the film's placid surface lie themes of class, patriarchy, mortality, evolution and the cosmic scheme of things"
Seattle International Film Festival
"Striking... reminiscent of fellow Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul" Village Voice