A screening of Squish! (2021) will precede the screening of Sunset X – This is not sci-fi, this is heartbreak (2021).
This double bill screening is FREE of charge.
Sunset X – This is not sci-fi, this is heartbreak (2021)
Directed by: PURE EVER
Runtime: 47 mins
Rating: M18 (Mature Theme)
Sunset X – This is not sci-fi, this is heartbreak is a dizzying tale of forbidden love between three individuals from the Republic of Synkie. With a flourishing kelp industry that is turning the country’s capital into Kelpital, the bearing of a Kelpitalocene upon the contemporary struggles of the Synkie people is reflected through the lives of Eden, Yasmyn and Wan Ting. In a non-linear ocean of visual fantasy, eco-enterprise, cult economy and alternative imaginings of spirituality, the protagonists find themselves mired in a “rupturing apocalypse of the harrowing heart”.
The work is an invitation to think beyond monolithic methods of fiction-making in moving images. The chaotic set pieces and fragile relationship structure bridge elements from our reality to speculate parallel universes where dominant narratives are overturned. In a time where the future is fraught with challenges, Sunset X – This is not sci-fi, this is heartbreak exercises its choice to pre/de/scribe plausible realities into existence.
Directed by: Tulapop Saenjaroen
Runtime: 18 mins
Language: Thai with English subtitles
Rating: PG13 (Some Disturbing Scenes)
Squish! is a meditation on the self through lurid and liquid forms; filtered through both old and foreseeable technology informed by Thai animation history and contemporary culture, and a constant process of constructing and deforming new selves to simulate ‘movements’. By alluding to traditional modes of early animation, the central character self-references its existence to make sense of its ‘reality’.
By extrapolating and redefining the terms of ‘movement’, be it through psychological, physical or political understandings, the work interweaves the medium of animation with a state of depression. It investigates how they are enmeshed in the paradoxes between control and freedom. The animation medium itself not only becomes a way of externalising a personal existential crisis but represents, through its virtuality, a prospect for transformation during a time of distress.
To see the full SoM21: [Alternate / Opt] Realities film programme, please refer here.
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