sPACEtIME (2015)

 sPACEtIME / กาลอวกาศ (2015)


Kal Aw-wa-kas

DCP, HDCAM / Color /Stereo / 75:40 minutes / 2015 / Thai with English subtitles / Thailand-Germany

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Jürgen Brüning Filmproducktion

Contact filmmaker: thunska@gmail.com

Presskit: https://issuu.com/thunskapansittivorakul/docs/spacetime

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Prologue 

 When Einstein discovered the theory of relativity, he combined the dimension of time with that of space. This was later known as space-time, which in turn creates a variety of realities according to different perspectives of space and/or time. Inspired by this idea, the film experiments with mixing the dimensions of still and moving images with the simplest and most ordinary means. An attempt to explore reality and non-reality in documentaries and fiction, the film employs objective perspectives that gradually transform into subjective ones, pushing the audience from identifying with the film's characters to distancing themselves as observers. Here, reality is distorted by space and/or time, revealing a secret that is indistinguishable between real and constructed memories. Sometimes reality is unbelievable bizarre, ridiculous, and nonsensical, while fiction can be realistic, serious, and sad.

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Synopsis 

Four men travel to a place of their memory. Two of them used to date ten years ago. The story is told through an interviewer and interviewees. Past stories are unearthed and overlap with the present, leading to a new story that seems like something totally different from what it started from. When they start playing Truth or Dare, secrets are revealed, yet it is uncertain whether they are real or merely lies. Their secrets, told amidst an atmosphere filled with destruction, death, and hope, are sarcastic, ridiculous, nonsensical, obsessed, and severely painful.

 

A SLEEP OF REASON FILMS AND JÜRGEN BRÜNING FILMPRODUKTION PRESENT “SPACE TIME”

FEATURING HARIT SRIKHAO, THUNSKA PANSITTIVORAKUL, ITDHI PHANMANEE, NATHAPHONG KAEWPROM

DIRECTORS OF PHOTOGRAPHY HARIT SRIKHAO, THUNSKA PANSITTIVORAKUL, ITDHI PHANMANEE

EDITOR THUNSKA PANSITTIVORAKUL MUSIC NAKARIN RODPUT, ITDHI PHANMANEE SOUND ITDHI PHANMANEE 

PRODUCED BY JÜRGEN BRÜNING ORIGINAL 

CONCEPT BY THUNSKA PANSITTIVORAKUL, HARIT SRIKHAO

WRITTEN BY THUNSKA PANSITTIVORAKUL, HARIT SRIKHAO

DIRECTED BY THUNSKA PANSITTIVORAKUL, HARIT SRIKHAO, ITDHI PHANMANEE

 Director's note 

Originally, I was just a co-director, but I later became one of the film's subjects. So this work is really altogether destroying the line between the recorder and the recorded, myself and him. We became destroyers and creators simultaneously. The film is also where the sick people gather - sick in body, mind, and memories. At first, we seemed to help heal each other. But in the end, we found that not only were we beyond the point of remedy but we also brought new pains to each other. But it's better than letting ourselves bleed in solitude. We all shone, burst into flames, and burned each other up, until we were left with only debris and traces of bizarre, beautiful and fierce memories, which finally became nothing. -Harit Srikhao

 

Biographies 

Thunska Pansittivorakul was born in Bangkok. He graduated from the Department of Art Education, Faculty of Education of Chulalongkorn University. He won the Grand Prize award at the 4th Taiwan International Documentary Festival in 2004 for his documentary feature 'Happy Berry'. His 'Heartbreak Pavilion' project won the grand prize from Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP) at the 10th Pusan International Film Festival in 2005. In 2007 he received the Silpatorn Award from the Thai Ministry of Culture's Office of Contemporary Arts. He has also worked as a columnist for 'Bioscope' and other magazines. Since early 2009, Thunska has been working with Jürgen Brüning, a German producer. Together they produced 'The Terrorists' (2011) which had its world premiere at the 61st Berlinale, and 'Supernatural' (2014) which had its world premiere at the 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam. In 2012, Thunska founded Sleep of Reason Films to make personal films, which often involve attacking human rights violations and Thai propaganda, at the same time refusing to submit to the Thai state's censorship system.

 

Harit Srikhao was born in 1995 and raised in Pathumthani, a suburb of Bangkok. Although he is currently only 20 years old, and this is his first film, he is already a veteran photographer. First playing with cameras at 13 years old, Srikhao was selected to attend the Angkor Photo Workshop by Antoine D’Agata, a renowned French photographer, by the time he was sixteen. He works on his art continuously, combining documentary and fiction photography, and often playing on the theme of broken childhood. Srikhao's works have been exhibited both domestically and internationally, including "Cross Stitch," an exhibition by a group of outstanding emerging artists, at Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) in 2013. In the same year, his “Familiar Things” series was also exhibited at the International Photography Festival GETXPHOTO, in Bilbao, Spain. His first solo exhibition was the "Red Dream" and "Black Rite" series at Kathmandu Photo Gallery, Thailand, in 2014. Also in the same year, he was ranked among the Top 100 People of Thai contemporary art by 'Happening' magazine. Most recently, “A Boy who was Kidnapped by Time” has been selected to join "reGeneration3: New Perspectives on Photography," an exhibition and publication project by the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland in mid-2015. Currently, Srikhao is a second year student at the Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL).

 

Itdhi Phanmanee was born in 1988 and raised in Bangkok. He graduated in film from Bangkok University, where Pansittiworakul was teaching. Later, they had an opportunity to collaborate in Pansittiworakul's film 'Supernatural' (2014) on which Phanmanee worked as the sound recorder. 'Space Time' is Phanmanee's first film as co-director. At present, he is preparing for further study abroad.