Thailand / 105 mins / World Premiere – Busan Film Festival
Directed by Sivaroj Kongsakul / Pop pictures
Tiger Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011
Grand Prix, Deauville Asian Film Festival 2011
In a small farming town, a middle-aged man rides his motorcycle through the silent landscape. He is a ghost who has returned to “walk the footsteps” of his youth. His name is Wit and he died three days ago. Soon, the silence gives way to the sound of a young woman’s laughter. Her name is Koi and she is all of twenty years old. It is now the past and this memory recalls the days when Wit fell in love with his future wife. He has brought her home to meet his parents and though she is at first wary of rural life, she soon accepts that this will be her future with the man that she loves. Finally, the past dissipates and we are back in the present with Koi, now a middle-aged woman. With two young children and her husband gone, she must find the strength to continue on.
I wanted the film to be about this memory of my father and our family. The film will be separated into three parts tied together by the concept of “death”. The first part is inspired by Thai belief that the spirit of death will be return after three days to “walk the footsteps” of the place it cherished. The second part is the recreation of the story of my mother always told me when she missed my father. It is about the time when they met and fell in love. The third part is about the daily life of our family in the days following my father’s death when we felt his spirit was still with us. In this film, the three parts will be connected with darkness of a metaphor of “the death of a loved one” that will stay with us forever
Sivaroj Kongsakul began his career as assistant director for Penak Ratanarueng, Wisit Sassanatiang, and Aditya Assarat on many of their short films, television commercials. Since 2002, he has directed ten short films. His two latest films, Always and Silencio, were both invited to the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Eternity is his debut feature film. He is currently preparing his second feature Arun Karn.