RAM Film Talk | Interpreting “Spirits” — Observations in Contemporary Thai Cinema
Feb 21, 2020 Friday 18:30 - 21:00
Shanghai Study Centre, The University of Hong Kong (298 North Suzhou Road)
The film Ten Years Thailand is an assemblage of four short films by the Thai directors Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng and Chulayarnnon Siriphol. As a work which combines the realistic, the absurd and the experimental in its sharp criticism of the current state of affairs in Thailand, the film outlines the young generation’s visions and predictions of the future. The first part of the film is in black and white, showing a group of soldiers ‘honorably present’ at a photography exhibition, with their hopes that the photographer would have excluded photographs that face the risk of excessive interpretation.
The second part of the film is like a parable of society — the director unleashes his imagination in depicting a Thailand in 2028 that is dominated by cats, where humans live out a meager existence under feline rule, compelling viewers to contemplate systems of centralized state power. The next part of the film utilizes highly saturated colors and striking visual elements, and a relative lack of storyline, to highlight the deception and oppression of the masses by a preposterous ruling class, demonstrating changes in the mindset of humans and the never-ending challenges they face in the post-technological age.
In the final part of the film, long scenes are used to explore in depth the lives of ordinary folk, utilizing the cinematic language of a documentary to portray a declining society governed by a leader who had risen quickly to his lofty position, and who neglects the lives of his people.... Read More
Song Ke, writer at Deep Focus, Master’s graduate from the China Film Culture Institute at Beijing Film Academy.
Song Ke was part of the preliminary review committee of the 3rd Deep Focus Film Review Competition, and was one of the film selectors for the 14th Chinese Young Generation Film Forum. He was also involved from beginning to end in helping to coordinate the “Forward Future” section of the 8th Beijing International Film Festival.
Free admission, reservation is required.