Screening of Documentary “Mysterious Object at Noon”
Tue 29 Apr 2014, 6 pm
Hanoi DOCLAB cordially invites you to the screening of the “Mysterious Object at Noon” by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The documentary has been listed among the best films of the year 2000 by Film Comment and the Village Voice.
Mysterious Object at Noon (83 minutes)
“Mysterious Object at Noon” is the first feature by later Golden Palm winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. He is one of the few filmmakers in Thailand who have worked outside the strict Thai studio system. In his work, he often uses non-professional actors and improvised dialogue in exploring the shifting boundaries between documentary and fiction.
A film crew travels from the Thai countryside to Bangkok, asking the people they encounter along the way to expand upon a story involving a wheelchair-bound young boy and his teacher. The resulting stories are later reenacted by non-professional actors in dramatic recreations of the freely associated narrative strokes supplied. The daisy-chain structure of interlocking vignettes was inspired by the surrealist game Exquisite Corpses, and its formal strategies are aligned with both documentary realism and the avant-garde, but this boldly original debut looks and feels like nothing else.
Filming was carried out for three years with a volunteer crew, and only stopped when the camera broke down – the last shot of the movie is literally the last piece of film that passed through the camera.
Language: The film is in Thai with English and Vietnamese subtitle.
The screening is non-profit and aims for research and studies only.
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