25 September – 22 November 2014
Anocha Suwichakornpong’s (b. 1976, Thailand) thesis, Graceland (2006), became the first Thai short film to be included in the Official Selection at the Cinéfondation of Cannes Film Festival. Suwichakornpong’s first feature Mundane History (2013) received the Hubert Bals Fund from International Film Festival Rotterdam. The film has won numerous awards including Rotterdam (Tiger Award Winner), Transilvania (Grand Prix), New Horizons (Grand Prix) and Mumbai (Best Director). Suwichakornpong’s short film The Passenger which forms part of Olafur Eliasson’s Little Sun film project, was exhibited at Tate Modern, London, in 2012.
She is currently working on her second feature, By the Time It Gets Dark, supported by Ministry of Culture (Thailand), Doha Film Institute, and the Hubert Bals Fund. Suwichakornpong graduated from an MFA film programme at Columbia University, New York, where she was a recipient of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship.
Anocha Suwichakornpong’s research is on Thai history within Southeast Asia, in particular the Thai politics and student movements of 1970s. From her research, Suwichakornpong will develop two projects, a short documentary/video essay exploring the relationship between Thailand and Singapore, which dates back to 1871 when King Rama V – the first monarch in Thai history to visit a foreign country – Singapore, and a multi-platform project on the Golden Mile Complex, known today as a Thai town in Singapore.
NTU CCA Singapore Artist-in-Residence Anocha Suwichakornpong will be joined in conversation by filmmaker and NTU School of Art, Design and Media faculty, member Chen-Hsi Wong. Their conversation, interspersed with film clips and shorts, will discuss narrative in relation to memory, displacement and imaginings of the nation state.
Suwichakornpong thesis Graceland became the first Thai short film to be included in the Official Selection at Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation).
Chen-Hsi Wong’s debut feature film Innocents premiered in competition at Rome International Film Festival, and won several awards, including Best Director at the Asian New Talent awards at Shanghai International Film Festival.