Pathompon Mont Tesprateep: Three Experimental Narrative Shorts from Thailand
Thursday 18th of October
$7 (AFW members $5)
at AFW, 2 Kerr St Fitzroy
AFW is pleased to present a program of three recent experimental narrative film works by Thai filmmaker Pathompon Tesprateep (aka 'Mont')
Mont was born in Bangkok but raised in Isan (the northeastern region of Thailand). He graduated with a Master degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts in London and participated in Berlinale Talents. Mont's body of work embraces a cinema of poetry to scrutinize the complex stratification of human mind and memory in relation to the crisis boundary of representative memory and politics of subjectivity. Since 2014, Mont has been working on a series of handprocessed 16mm and S8 films. His works have recently screened at Locarno Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Les Rencontres Internationales, Curtas Vila do Conde, Media/Art Kitchen at BACC, Asian Film & Video Art Forum, Southeast Asia Moving Image Mixtape at M+, Crossroads 2018 at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
CONFUSION IS NEXT
21.59 min., 16mm, 4:3, b&w, 2018
A portrait of a nomadic musician Thom Assajan-Jakgawan. In the film, he appears as a fictionalized version of himself living in a fragile state, a collapsed country. He solitarily confines himself in an unoccupied room, continuing the meditative rhythms of his tunes.
20.19 min., 16mm & S-8, 4:3, b&w, 2017
A deserter awakes to discover that his body is laying lifelessly on the ground. He embarks on this new journey where he encounters a group of teenagers who intend to give him a cremation ceremony while, at the same time, his dead body is being searched by a military patrol.
ENDLESS, NAMELESS 22.39 min., S-8, 4:3, b&w, 2014
Endless, Nameless is a hand-processed Super 8 film, shot in the private garden of a Thai army officer. The film reconstructs the filmmaker’s memories about groups of conscripts who worked in his father's garden. The film was created as a self-hypnosis to reinvestigate his existence.
All film works in this program were finished digitally and will screen digitally.
Mont is one of the non AFW artists featured in the new edition of Film Is, which will be available at the screening.