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Krabi, 2562 (2019) | 1h 34min | Documentary | UK, Thailand
dir.: Ben Rivers, Anocha Suwichakornpong
audio: Thai, English
Cast: Arak Amornsupasiri, Nuttawat Attasawat, Oliver Laxe
Documentary – UK, Thailand – 2019 – 1h 34 min
Synopsis: Krabi, 2562 explores the landscape and stories within the community of Krabi, Southern Thailand. A major tourist destination in Thailand, the filmmakers want to capture the town in this specific moment where the pre-historic, the more recent past and the contemporary world collide, sometimes uneasily.
Offering an innovative exploration of the Thai tourist community, Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers’ visually elegant and conceptually creative documentary is an ambitious reflection on time, place, and memory.
Characterized by a creative documentary and by cinematic realism, Krabi, 2562 is a luminous, elegantly playful work on the power images have to represent and manipulate a personal universe of collective memories and to inspire social awareness.
Co-conceived and directed by festival favourites Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers, two distinctive voices from different cultures and traditions who nevertheless share a similarly generous vision of the world, Krabi, 2562 is an elaboration of themes and ideas investigated in the duo's 2018 installation for the first Thai Biennale. In the film's narrative and visual space, the Holocene, the recent past, and present day (2562 being the current year in the Thai Buddhist calendar) coexist in southern Thailand's Krabi region and its quietly beautiful landscapes – paradises soon to be lost forever in the contamination of rampant consumerism and invasive tourism. (Toronto International Film Festival)
Awards: Nomination for direction at Asia Pacific Screen Award 2019, and at Locarno IFF 2019