Berlinale

Anatomy of Time (Wayla)

Synopsis
A regional Thai town in the 1960s. Mam is a young woman who develops a relationship with two men: a calculating army chief and a kind-hearted but cowardly villager. Following a military power shift, the chief asks her to move away with him.
Bangkok, present day. The once-dashing chief has become a disgraced general lying in a coma. Throughout her old age, Mam has taken care of her abusive husband – through hard times filled with loss and disappointment, as her life now also approaches its end.

Director’s note
My inspiration for the main character came from one person particularly close to me – a woman trapped in a miserable marriage, who decided to continue taking care of the man who abused her all her life. I have been trying to find the reason why some people put themselves under the bonds of pain, and whether this form of self-mortification is perhaps an effort to understand the true meaning of life, in order to find the path to end all suffering.

Thailand
Director: Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Producers: Diversion (Thailand), M’GO Films (Singapore), Sluizer Film Productions (The Netherlands)
European WCF partner: Damned Films (France)
World sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in July 2019
Funding amount: 40.000 €