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A monk asks villagers to move a big stone up to the hill. He wishes to smooth the rock so he can sit on it and meditate. While the monk is sculpting the stone a state of deep contemplation occurs. He sees past, present and future. “The story in Stone Cloud derives from a monk friend who was ordained and lived in a jungle temple. He was a gifted film director and cinematographer, winning numerous awards before left the worldly life to become an isolated monk. I always try to visit him as much as I can …. And every time I saw him and spent the nights at the jungle temple a marvelous peacefulness occurred.” (Jakrawal Nilthamrong)

Format: HD
Running time: 30 minutes
Written, directed and edited by:Jakrawal Nilthamrong
Cast: Chalee Chungyai, Vathanya Tamdee, Komson Soimora, Keattisak Kasornkularb
Producer: Chatchai Chaiyont
Cinematography: Natdanai Jitsagoon, Thanakorn Poondee, Thanakorn Poondee, Punnatat Jongwilas, Siravit Sanguanwong
Sound: Phaisit Panpreuksachart
Sound design and music score: Bhanupong Chooarun


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Thailand 2013

The prisoner, who was a maid and nanny for a wealthy family, had been fired from her job. She kidnapped their son, holding him for ransom. Unfortunately, the cash didn’t arrive. Enraged, the kidnappers turned on the boy and brutally stabbed him. The gang members were arrested, and the maid was sentenced to death. The execution scene is based on the memory of a son of the late Mr. Chavoret Jaruboon, Thailand’s last executioner who passed away recently of cancer. After 33 years the execution scene of the female prisoner is constructed and performed by the son as his father. A testament to the inextricable merging of real events and the distortions of memory as the son wonders about the whereabouts of his father’s spirit.

2-channel video installation
Format: HD
Running time: 10 minutes.

Thailand 2013

With the film era fading and new developments in moving image technology being used more and more, a gradual disappearance of the physical has set in, of materials that can be seen and touched, celluloid film shifting to magnetic tapes and now to digital files. Nilthamrong reflects this shift through spectacular images of a planet in creation, created with 35mm film, organic material, models and 1960s sci-fi special effects. A requiem for a medium in transition.

35mm film installation
Format: HD
Running time: 5 minutes

Jakrawal Nilthamrong was born in Lopburi, Thailand in 1977. He lives and works in Bangkok.

Kindly supported by Goethe Institut Thailand.

Funded by:

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