Phantom of Illumination
The dearth of contemporary cinema is sensitively explored in this experimental work by emerging young Thai filmmaker Wattanapume Laisuwanchai.
Rith, a projectionist who worked at the now defunct Thonburi Rama cinema in Thailand, finds himself restless following its closure in 2013. He hangs around the venue day and night even though the last curtain has already been drawn. We catch glimpses of him watching the latest movie releases on pirated DVDs, cleaning up after empty cinema halls and getting drunk. But as he eventually heads home to a wife and daughter whom he hardly knows at a rubber plantation, he begins to find hope in life again. The desolate nature of time and its effect on cinema (and its inhabitants) is increasingly felt not only by age-old cinephiles, but also by sensitive young filmmakers and artists like Wattanapume Laisuwanchai. Here, Laisuwanchai mixes documentary footages with an otherworldy storyline narrated by Rith’s wife, evoking the fine line between fact and fiction.
Cast & Credits
Wattanapume Laisuwanchai is a young Thai filmmaker and visual artist. Born in 1988, Laisuwanchai holds a BA in Fine Arts and is interested in the film medium by means of its communicative and expressive power to explore the idea of memory, time and self-connection to contemporary society. He has made a few short films, which has screened at various independent international film festivals and in museums.
Donsaron Kovitvanitcha, Soraya Nakasuwan
Sumrith Praprakone, Sangiam Praprakone
Love in Cinema
The fond memories of U Htay Aung’s time working in one of Myanmar’s oldest cinema, together with the tale of his deceased wife, take centrestage in this documentary. The cinema is a silent witness to the times he spent there with his beloved wife as he continues to grieve for her.
CAST & CREDITS
Swan Yaung Ni is a self-taught filmmaker. He started making documentaries in 2014 after joining a documentary filmmaking workshop. He is currently working on his new film.