FREETIME talk/rehearsal Rijksakademie

film (without a film) talk

Rijksakademie, 16 March 2023 

Anocha Suwichakornpong, Erin Gleeson, and Pablo de Ocampo with May Adadol Ingawanij 

“As an independent film director, screenwriter and producer, Anocha Suwichakornpong is known for her collaborative practice with actors on multilayered, anachronic narratives that grapple with participation, representation and remembrance relating to the violence of Thailand’s nationalist permutations. FREETIME was conceptualised as a live staged performance of a film in progress – a form of research towards her forthcoming feature film, ASR, which centers a fictional female character as she encounters the so-called final days of Siam/Thailand’s three kingdoms. The segment of ASR that became FREETIME unfolds one day in the current, undead Rattanakosin period with two friends from Bangkok (played by Ornanong Thaisriwong and Heen Sasithorn) – one actor and one director – as they edit a new film, walk in a park, and cook and eat dinner. 

This event will be in part soundtrack, subtitles, screening, rehearsal, and thinking-through-together around aspects of FREETIME’s entanglement and translation of languages, conventions, limitations, and potentials of stage and screen, theater and cinema, and how this generously challenged and amplified the reflexive questions and desires motivating the practices of the many involved in its becoming.

FREETIME was written and directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong, commissioned by FD13 residency for the arts and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and produced by Erin Gleeson (Director and Curator, FD13) and Pablo de Ocampo (Director and Curator, Moving Image, Walker Art Center).” Rijksakademie