Vanishing Point

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    Vanishing Point

    Directed by

    Netherlands, Thailand

    2015

    100 min

    • Thai

    Drama

    The film takes on the experience from the car accident of director’s parents 32 years ago. It’s a story of two men who each is running away from a suffering of their own, at different time and place. A young idealistic journalist who cannot stand injustice, and a middle-aged man who turns away from his past and goes on living a meaningless life of motel owner. Before they eventually learn that how far and how long they would go the suffering in their minds never gone away until lives reach the unexpected end.

    Awards

    • Hivos Tiger Award - IFF Rotterdam

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Ongart Cheamcharoenpornkul
    Drunphob Suriyawong
    Chalee Choueyai
    Suweeraya Thongmee
    Screenplay
    Jakrawal Nilthamrong
    Cinematography
    Phuttiphong Aroonpheng
    Music
    Pakorn Musikaboonlert

    Director's Statement

    17 September 1983 was a seemingly ordinary day, except that several lives in my family has changed forever. It is the day that my parents were deastatingly wounded from a car accident. My father at the time was a young military officer with a bright future ahead of him. He was driving back from a party in an early evening to pick up the kids, with my mother sitting on his side. Inebriated, he stopped the car at a red light on top of one rail track where there was no barrier put in place. A train approached at full speed, hitting the car on the driver side and drag what remains of the vehicle, and its passengers, for a long distance. The opening image of VANISHING POINT is the front page picture from the newspaper report of my parents’ accident that day. I grew up with that news photography and my father’s fading memory of the day before the accident. After several months in recovery, my mother resumed her normal life and work. But my father suffered from severe brain damage, and he could no longer return to the life he used to have. His dashing career sudden- ly came to a halt. This abrupt change has a big impact on my family. I cannot imagine how my life, and my family’s, would turn out had there not be an accident that day. But all these experiences had made me who I am today. I invoke the story of my father, and merge it with other tales inside my head, into a story of two men who are the mirror image of each other. Actions lead to consequences, and the karmic force has a pull on all men just like gravity to earth.

    Production
    MIT OUT SOUND FILMS
    Sales
    DIVERSION

    Press

    A serious film about serious, complex issues (including a dramatic car crash), presented in a light, playful way.

    IFF Rotterdam

    Jakrawal  Nilthamrong

    Jakrawal Nilthamrong

    Thailand

    I think filmmaking itself is collecting memories.

    Jakrawal Nilthamrong was born in 1977 in Lopburi, Thailand. He currently lives and works in Bangkok. He obtained his BFA at Silpakorn University, Bangkok in 2000, and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA in 2006. In 2007-2008, he was an artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Jakrawal’s work spans short films, documentaries, video installations and feature films. The themes of his work often relate to Eastern philosophy in a contemporary context. His work has been shown at international film festivals and art exhibitions, including International Film Festival Rotterdam, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival 2011, Taipei Biennial 2012, Berlin International Film Festival 2014, SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul 2014, and Toronto International Film Festival 2014. His most recent feature film, Vanishing Point (2015), premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2015 and won the Hivos Tiger Award. He is also a film lecturer at Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand.

    Selected Filmography