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Railway Sleepers Sompot Chidgasornpongse

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The film opens with words from another time. In his speech inaugurating Thailand’s first railroad, King Rama V predicted a modern and prosperous future for his country. It was 1893. Filmed entirely inside numerous trains subtly edited into a single one, Railway Sleepers maps Thai society through the seemingly neutral movements of a camera ready to capture the passengers’ smallest gestures and the changing landscape outside. Like an ethereal documentary rejoinder to Bong Joon-ho’s sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer, this interior journey changes before our eyes into a surreal political meditation. The influence of producer and mentor Apichatpong Weerasethakul is palpable.

Railway Sleepers

  • Country : Thailand
  • Year : 2016
  • V.O : Thai
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 102 MIN
  • Cinematography : Sompot Chidgasornpongse
  • Editing : Sompot Chidgasornpongse
  • Production : Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Sound Design : Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Chalermrat Kaweewattana
Filmography of Sompot Chidgasornpongse :

To Infinity and Beyond (2004)
Bangkok in the Evening (2005)
Andaman (2005)
Diseases and a Hundred Year Period (2008)
Home Video (Made in Thai Town) (2010)

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