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Directed by Aditya Assarat, Wisit Sasanatieng, Chulayarnnon Siriphol, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Thailand, Hong Kong 2018 102 mins. In Thai, English with subtitles

The political realities of modern day Thailand are challenged in the four chapters of this omnibus presentation, inspired by the Hong Kong-produced festival triumph Ten Years (2015), which was banned in mainland China upon its release. In Aditya Assarat’s Sunset, a series of photographs hung in a small gallery comes under the scrutiny of low-level police officers. Wisit Sasanatieng’s Catopia envisions an alternate society where cat people have conquered humanity. Avant-garde video artist Chulayarnnon Siriphol’s Planetarium critiques power that demands conformity in a highly psychedelic fashion. Finally, Thailand’s most internationally known filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul poses his characters beneath a large statue of an infamous Thai dictator in Song of the City, asking the audience to draw their own conclusions.

Filmography: Aditya Assarat–Wonderful Town (2007), Hi-So (2011) Wisit Sasanatieng–Tears of the Black Tiger (2000), Citizen Dog (2004), The Unseeable (2006) Apichatpong Weerasethakul–Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), Blissfully Yours (2002), Tropical Malady (2004), Syndromes and a Century (2006), Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), Mekong Hotel (2012), Cemetery of Splendour (2015)  

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