Anucha Boonyawatana

film director Anucha Boonyawatana, photo credit: Reel Suspects film distribution, press kit

Swiss film academic and film writer Natalie Böhler has published a very insightful text with the German language film magazine Film Bulletin on the role, function and history of “Ghosts in Thai Film” in specific and on ghosts in traditional Thai culture in general. Her analysis is very worth reading, as Natalie has written her doctoral thesis on “Nationalism in Thai Film”, entitled: Made in Thailand: Thainess, Performance and Narration in Contemporary Thai Cinema. She is an academic expert in Thai Film.
Academic webpage of Natalie Böhler:
Link: http://www.film.uzh.ch/de/team/postdocs/boehler.html

Unfortunately, her text currently only exists in print form, in German, and is not yet available online, something that needs to be changed at Film Bulletin.
Link: http://www.filmbulletin.ch/full/artikel/2017-3-13_zwischenwelten-als-spiegel-des-lebens/

As with Ghosts in Thai Film” Natalie Böhler put her focus on the work body of  Apichatpong Weerasethakul, but also recognized Anucha Boonyawatana as a strong new voice in Thai cinema when dealing with his 2015 Berlinale world premiere “The Blue Hour” (Onthakan), Panorama section.
Link: https://www.berlinale.de/external/de/filmarchiv/doku_pdf/201508697.pdf

“The Blue Hour” is available on DVD in a German subtitled version
Link: https://www.amazon.de/Blue-Hour-OmU-Atthaphan-Poonsawas/dp/B01MDTVTIU/
or with English subtitles in the international DVD version from Strand Releasing.

Reviews:
Godfrey Cheshire on “The Blue Hour” at RogerEbert.com
Link: http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-blue-hour-2016
Boyd van Hoeij for Hollywood Reporter:
Link: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/blue-hour-onthakan-berlin-review-773802

Natalie Böhler’s text also refers to the 2013 Blockbuster success “Pee Mak” from film director Banjong Pisanthanakun, when ghosts are becoming a form of humouresque and subversive ciriticism, both on society and outlived narration forms.

Chiang Rai, White Temple, ghosts on both sides. photo credit: © Joachim Polzer
an early mobile video recordist, promotional still.

 

 

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