Mundane History

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Thailand / 82 mins / World Premiere – Pusan Film Festival

Directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong / Electric Eel Films

Awards

Silver Gateway Best Director, Bombay International Film Festival 2010

NETPAC Award, Golden Horse Film Festival 2010

Tiger Award, Rotterdam Film Festival 2010

Transilvania Trophy Best Film, Transilvania International Film Festival 2010

Synopsis

Explores the relationship between Ake, a young man who is paralyzed from the waist down after an accident, and Pun, the male nurse who takes care of him, and of course Ake’s father. Ake is at first cold towards his nurse Pun, but as Pun continues to earnestly take care of him he starts to open up his heart through candid conversations. The physical contact with Pun makes him rethink physical desires that he wants to forget. The grudge he held against his father slowly abates. All of this slowly becomes the motivating factor to confirm that he is alive, albeit with physical problems.

Director’s Biography

Anocha Suwichakornpong

Born in Thailand in 1976, Anocha Suwichakornpong graduated from an MFA film program at Columbia University, New York, where she was a recipient of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship. That same year, Anocha attended the Berlinale Talent Campus. Her feature-length script, “The White Room”, was among the fifteen scripts chosen to participate in their Script Clinic

Anocha’s thesis, “Graceland” became the first Thai short film to be included in the Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation). Anocha’s first feature “Mundane History” (Jao Nok Krajok) received the Hubert Bals Fund from International Film Festival Rotterdam as well as the post-production support from Asian Cinema Fund (ACF), Pusan International Film Festival. The film had been screened at more than forty film festivals and won numerous awards including Rotterdam (Tiger Award Winner), Transilvania (Grand Prix), New Horizons (Grand Prix) and Mumbai (Best Director). Mundane History was released in France in 2013. Anocha’s short film ”The Passenger” which forms part of Olafur Eliasson’s “Little Sun” film project, was exhibited at Tate Modern, London, in 2012.

Anocha and her friend, Soros Sukhum, founded Electric Eel Films, a production house based in Bangkok. She has produced numerous short films and features, including Wichanon Somumjarn’s first feature, “In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire”, and Lee Chatametikool’s first feature,  “Concrete Clouds”. She is working on her second feature, “By the Time It Gets Dark”, supported by Ministry of Culture (Thailand), Doha Film Institute, and the Hubert Bals Fund.

Recently, Anocha was an artist-in-residence at Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA) in Singapore, where she was doing a research on the rise of nationalism in Thailand.

Selected Filmography (Director/Writer):

JAI (DV, 14 min, 2007)

Graceland (35mm, 17 min, 2006)