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Film Title:
Syndromes and a Century
(Sang Sattawat)

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Country: Thailand/France/Austria
Year: 2006
Language: Thai
Time: 105 minutes
Film Types: Colour/35mm
Rating: PG
Syndromes and a Century

Wednesday, September 13    4:45 PM    ISABEL BADER THEATRE  Buy tickets now
Friday, September 15    6:00 PM    VARSITY 3  Buy tickets now
Saturday, September 16    4:45 PM    VARSITY 3  Buy tickets now

Production Company : Kick the Machine Films 
Foreign Sales Agent : Fortissimo  

Executive Producer: Simon Field, Keith Griffiths
Producer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pantham Thongsang, Charles de Meaux
Screenplay: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cinematographer: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editor: Lee Chatametikool
Production Designer: Akekarat Homlaor
Sound: Koichi Shimizu, Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Principal Cast: Nantarat Sawaddikul, Jaruchai Iamaram, Sophon Pukanok, Jenjira Pongpas, Arkanae Cherkam, Nu Nimsomboon, Sakda Kaewbuadee

A soothing melody saturates the moving images of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's newest cinematic invention, Syndromes and a Century. It seems to originate from all corners of the screen and percolates through soft-spoken dialogue, Thai songs, sounds of nature and even silence. A meditation on memories recalled by the filmmaker's parents from the period before they were lovers, the film travels time and space with graceful levity and binds the viewer with the magic spell of an anti-narrative mantra. Exploring a new form of filmmaking, Weerasethakul finds in Syndromes and a Century an unconventional path, leading to the radiant rendering of daily life.

Set primarily in two hospitals, the film tells two similar stories from two different periods, mirroring their respective eras' mores. At a small-town hospital, Toa (Nu Nimsomboon) is courting charming Dr. Tei (Nantarat Sawaddikul). Toa is shy and clumsy in declaring his love and Tei's standoffish attitude doesn't help. She is still questioning her feelings for Noom (Sophon Pukanok), an orchid expert she has met at the flower market. At the same hospital, Ple (Arkanae Cherkam), a dentist, is curing, free of charge, the cavities of young monk Sakda (Sakda Kaewbuadee). Through their mutual interest in music - Ple is also a singer and Sakda, before entering the monastery, wanted to be a DJ - they develop a special friendship.

The second story is set in a downtown Bangkok hospital. It revolves again around the narrative of Toa's courtship of Dr. Tei, as well as that of military man Dr. Nohng (Jaruchai Iamaram), who visits the physical therapy ward in the hospital's basement.

Pearls of wisdom, descriptions of syndromes and fragments of time crystallize in luminous atmospheres and dot the modern architecture of the film, creating a charming, quiet incantation. Ultimately a study of human behaviour, Syndomes and a Century confirms Weerasethakul as one of the brightest and most innovative lights in the contemporary cinema. His ability to envision and prepare for the future perfectly matches the spirit of Mozart's work.

- Giovanna Fulvi

Apichatpong Weerasethakul was born in Bangkok and completed his M.F.A. in filmmaking at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since the nineties, he has been making short films and videos that merge fiction and documentary, including the groundbreaking Mysterious Object at Noon (00). Blissfully Yours (02) won the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival and was followed by The Adventure of Iron Pussy (03) and Tropical Malady (04), which shared the Jury Prize at Cannes two years later. Syndromes and a Century (06) is his latest film.

Associated with European Film Promotion,
an initiative supported by the
European Union’s MEDIA Programme.
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