24 September 2023

Wildtype 2023

Wildtype 2023

Wildtype, the annual season of short films programmed by Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa and Sasawat Boonsri, returns next week. The event was held in several provinces in 2021 and 2022, though Wildtype 2023 has expanded significantly, with screenings at Doc Club and Pub in Bangkok, Mueang Thong Rama in Phayao, Alien Artspace in Khon Kaen, Chiang Mai University’s Department of Media Arts and Design, Noir Row Art Space in Udon Thani, Lorem Ipsum in Hat Yai, 82 Jabang in Pattani, Grow Home in Chaing Rai, June Art Home in Phitsanulok, and Class Café in Korat. This year’s highlights include Koraphat Cheeradit’s Yesterday Is Another Day, Vichart Somkaew’s Cremation Ceremony (ประวัติย่อของบางสิ่งที่หายไป), and Chulayarnnon Siriphol’s ANG48 (เอเอ็นจี48).

In Yesterday Is Another Day, a teenage boy enjoys what could be his last day of freedom, as he prepares to appear in court on lèse-majesté charges. Cremation Ceremony condemns three Thai politicians—Anutin Charnvirakul, Abhisit Vejjajiva, and Prayut Chan-o-cha—by slowly burning their portraits in a metaphorical act of retribution. ANG48 reappropriates footage from Chulayarnnon’s recent video works, including his banned film Birth of Golden Snail (กำเนิดหอยทากทอง).

Yesterday Is Another Day and Cremation Ceremony will be screened in Bangkok on 1st October, and in Chiang Mai on 5th October. Cremation Ceremony is showing in Udon Thani on 7th October and in Khon Kaen on 5th November. Yesterday Is Another Day will also be shown in Phayao on 1st October, in Pattani on 2nd October, in Chiang Rai on 7th October, and in Khon Kaen on 4th November. ANG48 will be shown in Bangkok, Pattani, and Phayao on 1st October; in Chiang Mai on 4th October; in Phitsanulok on 7th October; in Udon Thani on 8th October; and in Khon Kaen on 7th November. ANG48 and Yesterday Is Another Day will be screened in Hat Yai on 1st October. All three films will be screened in Korat on 1st October.

Yesterday Is Another Day had a previous screening at Silpakorn University in Bangkok. Cremation Ceremony has previously been shown at the AEY Space gallery in Songkla, at Lorem Ipsum in Hat Yai, and at the University of Phayao. Both films were also included in this year’s Chiang Mai Film Festival. ANG48 was first shown at the Jim Thompson Art Center in Bangkok.