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By the Time It Gets Dark

Fall Grant 2013 - Production Stage

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Anocha Suwichakornpong / Feature Narrative / Thailand, France, Netherlands, Qatar / 2016 / 105 min / Colour and B&W / Original Language: Thai / Interests: Animation, Drama, History, Docufiction, Women Interest


By the Time It Gets Dark’ tells the interwoven stories of several characters: a film director and her muse; a waitress who keeps changing jobs; an actor; and an actress. Their lives are loosely connected by almost invisible threads. The narrative sheds its skin several times over the course of the film, to reveal layer upon layer of the complexities that make up our lives.


Anocha Suwichakornpong
Anocha Suwichakornpong
Soros Sukhum, Lee Chatametikool
Production Company
Electric Eel Films
Production Company
Electric Eel Films

About the Director

Anocha Suwichakornpong graduated from the MFA film programme at Columbia University. 'Graceland', her thesis film, was the first short film from Thailand included in the Official Selection at the Festival de Cannes Cinéfondation. Suwichakornpong’s first feature, 'Mundane History', won numerous awards at festivals, including a Tiger award at Rotterdam, the Grand Prix at Transylvania and New Horizons, and she was named Best Director at Mumbai. She founded Electric Eel Films, a production house based in Bangkok, and is active as both a director and producer. She is currently working on her second feature, 'By the Time It Gets Dark'.

Awards and Festival History


Locarno Film Festival 2016 (WP)
Toronto International Film Festival 2016
BFI London Film Festival 2016
Singapore International Film Festival 2016, Asian Feature Film Competition
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017, Bright Future
Busan Film Fes


Jury Special Mention, QCinema 2016
Special Mention Award, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017


  • Director

    Anocha Suwichakornpong

    Electric Eel Films
    +66 2662 2869

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