THE MENTAL TRAVELLER is a poetic reflection on the nature of remembrance. It navigates through the mental spaces of people consumed by memories of lost time.
The film meditates on the passing of time, external behaviors, habitual patterns of thought and the sensorial realities of five mentally disordered men inside the psychiatric ward in Chanthaburi Province, east of Thailand, in which it is filmed. The film was conceived from the director’s connections to his parents and companions as they went through states of sickness, impending death, dementia, grief, and temporary insanity. At the same time it echoes upon the turbulent years of political upheavals and repercussions in Thailand, resulting the nation in a state of delirium, lunacy and trauma.
- Taiki Sakpisit
- Yasuhiro Morinaga
- 185 FILMS
Taiki Sakpisit is a visual artist and filmmaker from Bangkok. He applies cinematic skills to create haunting evocations of memory through the repetition and imperceptible manipulation of images. His films produce heightened and uneasy modes of spectatorship that often relate to the tumultuous socio-political climate in Thailand. Taiki’s moving images and experimental shorts have been presented at numerous exhibitions and film festivals, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Images Festival, Yebisu International Festival for Art, Les Rencontres Internationales, Dallas Contemporary and Kunstverein Gottingen.
His short THE MENTAL TRAVELLER (2019) is selected for the IFFR Tiger Short Competition.