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by Jakrawal Nilthamrong


Two fragments in a woman’s life. Maem is a young woman in 1960s rural Thailand. Her clocksmith father imparts his philosophy onto his daughter, while tensions from the military dictatorship and communist rebels are rising. She is courted by two very different young men – a feeble rickshaw driver who is literally pushed aside by an ambitious and ruthless army chief. Fifty years later, the army chief has become a disgraced general. Maem nurses her abusive husband during his last days and looks back at her past filled with loss, suffering and joy. Beyond the nostalgia of Maem’s life, Wela is also a tangible interpretation of a generation that is slowly fading. On one level a deeply felt story of a woman, and on another, that of a country’s tragic past and its exploited people.

international title: Anatomy of Time
original title: Wela
country: Thailand, France, Netherlands, Singapore
year: 2021
genre: fiction
directed by: Jakrawal Nilthamrong
film run: 118'
screenplay: Jakrawal Nilthamrong
cast: Thaveeratana Leelanuja, Prapamonton Eiamchan, Sorabodee Changsiri, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Nopachai Jayanama, Paopoom Chiwarak, Rawipa Srisanguan, Witwisit Hiranyawongkul, Thongkao Khunsriruksa
cinematography by: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
film editing: Lee Chatametikool, Katharina Wartena
art director: Sarawut Karwnamyen
costumes designer: Lupt Utama
music: Pakorn Musikaboonlert, Pachara Chirativat
producer: Mai Meksawan, Yohann Cornu, Anouk Sluizer, Panuksmi Hardjowirogo, Chatchai Chaiyon
production: Damned Films, Sluizer Film Productions, Diversion (TH), M’GO Films (SG)
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