Program

ETERNITY

Tee rak

Sivaroj Kongsakul / Thailand / 2010 / 105 min / Thai with English subtitles / color / 35mm

Description

Tiger Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2011
Best Film, Deauville Asian Film Festival, 2011
Silver Digital Award, Hong Kong International Film Festival, 2011

Wit has just brought his schoolteacher fiancé Koi to his rural home. In this quiet, rustic setting, under the tall trees and beneath the wooden awnings of Wit’s youth, the young couple falls in love. In some sense a paean to puppy love, ETERNITY captures in long, patient strokes the romanticism of floating down a river or rocking in a hammock with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. ETERNITY is achingly romantic, but it’s as calm as a summer’s afternoon. Characters don’t have to proclaim their love to each other – it’s palpable in their gentle glances, in their playful asides, even in the way they breathe in the countryside air when together.

Bookending these scenes of youthful tenderness is a ghostly presence that stretches that innocence into infinity. The puzzle of the film, as its title suggests, is how to discover, in these everyday rhythms of life, a love that knows no end – that haunts, not to frighten, but to never let go. Director Sivaroj Kongsakul has worked with other Thai masters of artful romanticism (Pen-ek Rataranuang, Apichatpong Weerasethakul) and with this award-winning debut, emerges as perhaps the most romantic of all. –Brian Hu

Credits


  • Director: Sivaroj Kongsakul
  • Producer: Aditya Assarat, Soros Sukhum, Umpornpol Yugala
  • Cinematographer: Umpornpol Yugala
  • Writer: Sivaroj Kongsakul
  • Editor: Umpornpol Yugala
  • Cast: Pattraporn Jaturanrassmee, Wanlop Rungkamjad, Namfon Udomlertlak

Screenings

October 20, 2011 7:50 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas

October 24, 2011 8:00 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas