Anatomy of Time

Jakrawal Nilthamrong

Thailand 118 min Catalan premiere Fiction


Two fragments in a woman’s life. Maem is a young woman in the 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, Anatomy of Time 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.


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Jakrawal Nilthamrong

His work spans from short films, documentary films to video installations and feature films. The themes of his work often relate to Eastern philosophy in contemporary context and local history of specific environments to establish dialogue among multiple perspectives. His first narrative feature film Vanishing Point won the Hivos Tiger Award at 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Filmography: Anatomy of Time (2021, D'A 2022), Kamjorn sankwan (short, 2018), Vanishing Point (2015), Stone Cloud (short, 2014), Zero Gravity (short, 2013), Immortal Woman (short, 2010), Unreal Forest (2010), Man and Gravity: Plateau (short, 2009), Man and Gravity (short, 2008), Orchestra (short, 2007), A Voyage of Foreteller (short, 2007), Patterns of Transcendence (short film, 2006)

Jakrawal Nilthamrong

Film information

Original Title: Wela
Director: Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Script: Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Contact: Diversion
With: Thaveeratana Leelanuja, Prapamonton Eiamchan, Sorabodee Changsiri, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Nopachai Jayanama, Paopoom Chiwarak, Rawipa Srisanguan, Witwisit Hiranyawongkul, Thongkao Khunsriruksa
Country: Thailand
Year: 2021
Format: DCP
Length: 118 min
Language: Thai
Subtitles: English, Catalan
Edition: 2022


Su filmografía traslada la historia y filosofía orientales a contextos contemporáneos para establecer nuevos diálogos y perspectivas a partir de varios formatos y estilos, desde el documental a la videoinstalación. Sus films se han visto en certámenes cinematográficos como la Berlinale o Venecia, y su primer largometraje de ficción, Vanishing Point, ganó el Tigre de Oro en el Festival de Róterdam.


Anatomy of Time