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Thai Film Screening "Mundane History (Jao Nok Krajok)"

Los Angeles Premier! Sponsored at UCLA by Melnitz Movies

Friday, May 14, 2010
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The James Bridges Theater
Melnitz Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

A bitter young man who is paralysed from the waist down after an accident has been appointed a new nurse. Their relationship is cool, to put it mildly, and his authoritarian father, who seldom shows his face, also is not a model of warmth and understanding. In long, neutral scenes separated by hard cuts, the contours emerge of a restrained psychological drama in which the young man's cynicism slowly makes way for a renewed, cautious attempt to explore life. Then the film unexpectedly drops all its reserves and explodes in a hallucinogenic ode to the universe that, like people, has to go through a cycle of birth and death. The editing frees itself from the fixed course of time. Can you live in an eternal present, without past and future?

DIRECTOR: Anocha Suwichakornpong
In Thai with English subtitles
35mm, 82 min
Winner, Tiger Award, 2010 Rotterdam International Film Festival

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Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Melnitz Movies

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