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Shadow & Act
Thailand 2019 | Farbe | 23:00 |

Shadow & Act
Thailand 2019 | Color | 23:00 |

Chaya Jitrakorn, auf Deutsch »der Schatten des Künstlers«, war einst das bekannteste Fotostudio in Thailand. 1940 gegründet, 2012 geschlossen. Es wurde wie ein Schloss gebaut, mit vielen geheimen Gängen und Räumen, und befand sich in der Chinatown Bangkoks. Bekannt war es vor allem für seine prominenten Kunden, darunter Feldmarschall Plaek Phibunsongkhram, den faschistischen Befehlshaber, der das moderne Thailand geprägt hat. Während seiner Recherchen stößt der Regisseur im Archiv auch auf die Porträts von Sarit Thanarat, Thanom Kittikachorn und vielen anderen führenden politischen Persönlichkeiten aus den vergangenen Jahrzehnten. Chaya Jitrakorn war für diese mächtigen Männer die erste und einzige Adresse, wenn es um eine bildliche Darstellung von ihnen ging.

Shadow and Act navigates through the remains of Chaya Jitrakorn, built in 1940, once the most prominent photo studio in Thailand and was the only preferred studio of the dictator Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram. Chaya Jitrakorn, which is translated as “the shadow of the artist,” was once the most prominent photo studio in Thailand. It was established in 1940 closed down in 2012. Built like a castle with many secret pathways and rooms, it was located in Chinatown, Bangkok. It was well known for its high-profile clients, including the Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram, the fascist commander who shaped modern Thailand. During my research trip at Chaya Jitrakorn, inside the archive room, I’ve also found the portraits of Sarit Thanarat, Thanom Kittikachorn and many leading political figures that had ruled the country for several decades. It is said that this particular studio was the only choice for these powerful men when it came to the pictorial representation of them.

Regie, Writer (script/screenplay), Kamera, Editing: Director, Script, Camera, Editing: Taiki Sakpisit
Music: Music: Yasuhiro Morinaga

Filmographie: Filmography:

Seeing in the Dark (the Arcade 4 Walls edition) (2021), Dawn Vision (2021), Shadow and Act (2019), A Certain Illness Difficult to Name (2018), Tabula Rasa (2018), Spiralling (2018), The Mental Traveller (2018), To the Memory of My Beloved (2018), Trouble in Paradise (2017), The Age of Anxiety (2013), Time of the Last Persecution (2012), A Ripe Volcano (2011), Unless He Tells a Lie, Unless He Tells a Lie (2011), Three Kings (2011), Deathless Distance (2010), Looking in God’s Eye (2009), »…I did not dream last night« (2008), Whispering Ghosts (2008)


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