Film Series : Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Spirit and Enigma

Syndromes and a Century

S̄æng ṣ̄atawǎat / แสงศตวรรษ

2006, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand/France/Austria, 105 min. With Nantarat Sawaddikul, Jaruchai Iamaram.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 20th 8:15pm
  • Sun, Oct 22nd 4:45pm

“A quiet masterpiece, delicate and full of wonder.” — Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“Absolutely mesmerizing.” — David Ansen, Newsweek

The filmmaker explores his own roots obliquely, transforming the handed-down memories from his parents’ pasts into a series of narrative puzzle pieces that suggest a larger story that remains tantalizingly out of reach. A small rural hospital set in a lush jungle landscape is the setting for the first half of the film, in which encounters with patients, would-be suitors, and job applicant Dr. Nohng (Iamaram) flow through the days and recollections of young Dr. Toey (Sawaddikul). In the second half, set in a large urban hospital, Nohng’s encounters with the past and present begin to come full circle. In Thai with English subtitles. 35mm. (BS)

A discussion after the Sunday screening will be led by Melika Bass, Assistant Professor of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.