Mundane History

presented jointly with Second Run DVD

(original title: Jao Nok Krajok)
dir. Anocha Suwichakornpong, Thailand 2009, 126 mins, (DVD cert. 15) cast: Phakpoom Surapongsanuruk, Arkaney Cherkham, Paramej Noi-am, Anchana Ponpitakthepkij, Karuna Looktumthong

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 paralysed 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.

★ Winner ★

 

2010 International Film Festival / Winner: VPRO Tiger Award 2010 Era New Horizons Intl Film Festival / Winner: Grand Prix 2010 Mumbai Film Festival / Winner: Best Director Award

Press

“A revelation… an underseen debut feature of startling audacity” – Sight & Sound

“Suwichakornpong’s strikingly original and enthralling feature film debut” – The Arts Shelf

“Both intimate and epic” – The Digital Fix 

“Manifestly the most ambitious feature debut from a Thai filmmaker in years” – Bangkok Post

“A simple, yet abstract film with a mesmerizing aura” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Thai cinema continues to come of age with this starling debut… simply spellbinding”– Edinburgh Film Festival