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Wela (Anatomy of Time)

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Director:
Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Production:
Diversion (Mai Meksawan), Damned Films (Yohann Cornu), Sluizer Film Productions (Anouk Sluizer), M’GO Films (Panuksmi Hardjowirogo), Mit Out Sound Films (Chatchai Chaiyon)
Running Time:
118’
Language:
Thai
Country:
Thailand, France, Netherlands, Singapore
Main Cast:
Thaveeratana Leelanuja, Prapamonton Eiamchan, Sorabodee Changsiri, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Nopachai Jayanama, Paopoom Chiwarak, Rawipa Srisanguan, Witwisit Hiranyawongkul, Thongkao Khunsriruksa
Screenplay:
Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Cinematographer:
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
Editor:
Lee Chatametikool, Katharina Warten
Production Designer:
Sarawut Karwnamyen
Costume Designer:
Lupt Utama
Music:
Pakorn Musikaboonlert, Pachara Chirativat
Sound:
Benjamin Lecuyer, Chalermrat Kaweewattana, Akaritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Lim Ting Li

Synopsis

Two fragments in a woman’s life. Maem is a young woman in 1960s rural Thailand. Her clocksmith father imparts his philosophy onto his daughter, while tensions from the military dictatorship and communist rebels are rising. She is courted by two very different young men – a feeble rickshaw driver who is literally pushed aside by an ambitious and ruthless army chief. Fifty years later, the army chief has become a disgraced general. Maem nurses her abusive husband during his last days and looks back at her past filled with loss, suffering and joy. Beyond the nostalgia of Maem’s life, Wela is also a tangible interpretation of a generation that is slowly fading. On one level a deeply felt story of a woman, and on another, that of a country’s tragic past and its exploited people.

Director’s Statement

This is a film about nature: nature of suffering, nature of being and nature of time. We discover simplicity in the paradoxical nature of existence. The story explores the growing bond between two stages of a woman’s life separated by time. While the present time seems like a real-life movie that I have been watching since I was a child, the past time is vivid imagination that I try to make sense of the reason for that endurance. This is not a biography of my parents but maybe I made the film because of them.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: Mai Meksawan – Diversion
220/4 Soi Ladprao 42, Lane 4-1, Huay Kwang
10310 – Bangkok, Thailand
Tel. +66 86-566-6768
films@diversion-th.com
http://www.diversion-th.com

PRODUCTION 2: Yohann Cornu – Damned Films
10, rue Suzanne Garanx
64100 – Bayonne, France
Tel. +33 668822003
yohann@damnedfilms.fr
http://www.damneddistribution.com

PRODUCTION 3: Anouk Sluizer - Sluizer Film Productions
Zwanenplein 105
1021 CK – Amsterdam, Netherlands
+ 31 6 205 280 98
sluizerfilm@gmail.com
http://www.sluizerfilmproductions.com

PRODUCTION 4: Panuksmi Hardjowirogo – M’GO Films
420 North Bridge Road #04-39, North Bridge Centre
188727 – Singapore
Tel. +65 97328356
panuksmi@margofilms.com
http://www.margofilms.com/

PRODUCTION 5: Chatchai Chaiyon - Mit Out Sound Films
114/568 Nawong-Prachapattana 13 Rd. Seekun, Donmuang
10210 – Bangkok, Thailand
Tel. +66 861991423
mitoutsoundfilms@gmail.com

WORLD SALES: Diversion
220/4 Soi Ladprao 42, Lane 4-1, Huay Kwang
10310 – Bangkok, Thailand
Tel. +66 86-566-6768
films@diversion-th.com
http://www.diversion-th.com

PRESS OFFICE: Diversion
220/4 Soi Ladprao 42, Lane 4-1, Huay Kwang
10310 – Bangkok, Thailand
press@diversion-th.com


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