samedi 5 juin 2010

"Phantoms of Nabua" by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

"Nabua, now a sleepy village in the northeast of Thailand, belies a history of violent clashes. From the 1960”s to the 1980's Thailand's totalitarian government militia occupied this part of Thailand in order to curb communist insurgents. The Primitive commission filmed on location in the ricefields of northeastern Thailand with the teenage descendants of the Thai rebel- farmers, it is Weerasethakul’s poetic reflection on catastrophic political events as well as an exploration of personal politics and social issues.

Phantoms of Nabua is described by the artist as 'a portrait of home [...] a communication of lights, the lights that exude, on the one hand the comfort of home and, on the other, of destruction'. In the work teenagers play football at night illuminated by a rear projection of lightning and fireworks and a recreation of a fluorescent light pole from the artist’s hometown. Even though these lights make the skin look pale, even dead, for Weerasethakul they also relate to home, to being home." (British Film Institute website)

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