Phantom of Illumination

Wattanapume Laisuwanchai/69 minutes/2017/Thailand/Documentary

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Monday, December 4, 2017 | 13:00 | EMPIRE XXI

Synopsis

A dream caught in the light of a film projector is literally an out-of-body experience that awaits you in this melancholy and hypnotically beautiful Thai film about a cinema’s last days. Rit has been a projectionist for 25 years, and when the cinema closes he stays on in the increasingly dilapidated premises. The heavy and humid Asian climate and the suggestions of something supernatural, together with its Buddhist philosophy about decay and transformation, makes Phantom of Illumination an extraordinary film about film. And about a man whose wife and children are waiting for him on the other side of a veil of alcohol and scorched film reels. In spite of his obvious references to the great heroes of Asian cinema such as Tsai Ming-liang and Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wattanapume Laisuwanchai has nonetheless charted his own territory on the cinematic map, right from the very start. A must for anyone with a penchant for cinephilia.

 

Menonton mimpi diputar dalam cahaya proyektor film rasanya serupa pengalaman raga sukma. Sensasi inilah yang dihadirkan dalam film indah nan melankolis dan menghipnotis tentang hari-hari akhir sebuah bioskop ini. Rit telah bekerja sebagai operator proyektor film selama 25 tahun, dan ketika bioskop tempatnya bekerja tutup, ia masih tetap bertahan di tempat yang makin bobrok itu. Iklim di Asia yang lembap dan berat, serta pesan-pesan supernatural, ditambah lagi filosofi Buddhis terkait kematian dan transformasi, menjadikan Phantom of Illumination sebuah film tentang film yang luar biasa. Tentang seorang laki-laki yang memilih bersama botol minuman keras dan gulungan film hangus meski tengah dinanti oleh istri dan anaknya. Walau referensi yang digunakannya ialah para pahlawan sinema Asia seperti Tsai Ming-liang dan Apichatpong Weerasethakul, sejak awal Wattanapume Laisuwanchai telah menandai wilayah keahliannya sendiri di jagat perfilman. Sebuah film wajib tonton bagi siapa pun yang gandrung pada film.

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Director

Wattanapume Laisuwanchai

Wattanapume Laisuwanchai

Director

Wattanapume Laisuwanchai is a young Thai filmmaker and visual artist. He was born in 1988 in Bangkok, Thailand. His short film Passing through the Night was screened in competition at Orizzonti section of Venice Film Festival in 2011. Phantom of Illumination is his first documentary feature which won Special Mention Next: Wave Award from CPH: DOX 2017.

 

Wattanapume Laisuwanchai adalah seorang sineas dan perupa muda asal Thailand. Ia lahir pada tahun 1988 di Bangkok, Thailand. Film pendeknya yang berjudul Passing through the Night pernah ditayangkan dalam kategori kompetisi Orizzonti dalam Venice Film Festival tahun 2011. Phantom of Illumination adalah film dokumenter panjang pertamanya yang memenangkan Special Mention Next: Wave Award dari CPH: DOX 2017.