Santikhiri Sonata

 

Thailand, Germany | 2019 | DCP | Color | 75 min | Thunska Pansittivorakul

SATURDAY 3 | FILMIN LATINO | 24 HRS. | 75 MIN

MONDAY 5 | CINEMEX INSURGENTES SALA 5 | 15:30 HRS. | 75 MIN

Director: Thunska Pansittivorakul

Screenplay: Thunska Pansittivorakul

Producer: Jürgen Brüning
Cinematography: Nattapong Phamon
Editing: Thunska Pansittivorakul

Production Company: Jürgen Brüning Filmproduktion
Cast: Phasakorn Pemie, Somchai Muso Kitjakarn Saedu, Saijeaw Somdee

Synopsis:

This hybrid film was shot in an area called Santikhiri, which means “the hill of peace”, the name given by the Kingdom of Thailand in 1978 in order to create a new image for this land. It is now a major tourist destination despite a CIA report in 1971 that the area was one of the largest heroin production centers in Southeast Asia. However, after General Prem’s government came to power in the 1980s, all that ended. But can this place really be as peaceful as its name suggests? 

Biography:

Thunska Pansittivorakul was born in Bangkok in 1973. He graduated in Art Education from Chulalongkorn University. He won the Grand Prize award at The 4th Taiwan International Documentary Festival in 2004 for his documentary feature “Happy Berry”. In 2007 he received the Silpatorn Award from The Ministry of Culture’s Office of Contemporary Arts, which is awarded to one outstanding artist each year.  His work has premiered at international film festivals including Berlinale, Rotterdam, BAFICI, Era New Horizons, Visions du Réel, Cinema du Réel, Sheffield Doc/Fest, among others.

Festivals:

DocLisboa International Film Festival – City of Lisbon Grand Prize Award for Best

International Competition Film, 2019, Portugal

MiradasDoc XIII – International Competition 2020, Tenerife, Spain

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2020, UK
BAFICI 2020, Argentina

 

Contact: 

jbruening@snafu.de

thunska@gmail.com