Anocha Suwichakornpong: Krabi, 2562

with Jai
Sunday, October 24

Theatrical Screening
Gene Siskel Film Center
Wheelchair and mobility device accessible; hearing loop equipped 

Free for SAIC students, $5 for SAIC/AIC faculty and staff, and $12 for the general public.
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A crew of Thai filmmakers on a film shoot on a beach. Three makers sit under an umbrella in the foreground. Another stands next to a rack of clothing. In the distance two actors stand under a pink umbrella in the ocean water.
Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers, Krabi 2562, 2019. Courtesy of the artists and Rediance Films

2019, Anocha Suwichakornpong and Ben Rivers, Thailand / United Kingdom, DCP, 90 minutes

Anocha Suwichakornpong’s third feature, made in collaboration with filmmaker Ben Rivers, is a mischievous and delightfully mysterious portrait of the province of Krabi, a stunningly beautiful region in southwestern Thailand under threat by climate change and growing tourism. Fluidly slipping between documentary and fiction, the film follows an enigmatic out-of-towner who introduces herself to the locals under different guises—a market researcher, a location scout, a tourist—as she visits the region’s iconic sites while gathering folklore, geographic data, and old timers’ oral histories before disappearing altogether. When a colleague shows up to track her down, the film introduces a whole new host of characters, shifting between a pop star, commercials director (played by the filmmaker Oliver Laxe), and a prehistoric couple who are seemingly oblivious to the millennia that have passed. Titled after the Thai year in which it was shot, Krabi 2562 is as much a meditation on the region as it is about time, perspective, and filmmaking itself. In Thai and English with English subtitles.

Screening with: 

2007, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Thailand, DCP, 14 minutes

Jai is a factory story slipping between fiction and documentary. Suwichakornpong has often noted that this film served as the genesis for her 2016 feature By the Time It Gets Dark. In Thai with English subtitles.



Anocha Suwichakornpong, Tulapop Saenjaroen, and Pom Bunsermvicha in Conversation with Melika Bass
Virtual Event
Friday, October 22, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema
Closed captions available


By the Time It Gets Dark with Lemongrass Girl
Theatrical Screening
Thursday, October 21, 6:00 p.m.
Wheelchair and mobility device accessible; hearing loop equipped 

Come Here (Chicago International Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center)
Theatrical Screening
Thursday, October 21, 8:15 p.m.
Wheelchair and mobility device accessible; hearing loop equipped 

By the Time It Gets Dark
On Demand Virtual Screenings
Friday, October 22–Thursday, October 28
Gene Siskel Film Center Virtual Cinema

Mundane History with Nightfall
Theatrical Screening
Saturday, October 23
Gene Siskel Film Center 
Wheelchair and mobility device accessible; hearing loop equipped 



Anocha Suwichakorn­­­­pong is a filmmaker whose work is informed by the socio-political history of Thailand. Her films have been the subject of retrospectives at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York; TIFF Cinematheque, Toronto; Cinéma Moderne, Montreal; and Olhar de Cinema, Brazil. Suwichakornpong received her master of fine arts from Columbia University. In 2006, Suwichakornpong co-founded the production company Electric Eel. ­­­In 2017, she co-founded Purin Pictures, an initiative to support Southeast Asian cinema. Between 2018 and 2020, Suwichakornpong was a visiting lecturer at the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University. In 2019, Suwichakornpong was named a Prince Claus Laureate.


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