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Year of Production: 2020
Running Time: 20:53 Minutes
Screening Format: DCP/ Color/ 5.1
Language: Thai with English Subtitles
Production Company: Electric Eel Films

Description:

“People on Sunday” is a reinterpretation, a response, and a homage to a pioneered German silent film “Menschen Am Sonntag” (1930), literally translated as “People on Sunday”. Nevertheless, this response is executed from a different context, different era, different country, and different working conditions. The original film was one of the first films that marketed itself as “a film with no actors” as it employed only amateur-actors/non-actors. Its anecdote is that the film was shot only on Sundays in 1929 as these non-professional actors had to work on weekdays. What initiated the Saenjaroen to revisit and reinterpret the film was the setting of the story—simply about their day-off, life in free time. From Saenjaroen’s point of view, these non-professional actors performed as they were having pleasure leisure for the camera, having free time while they’re actually working. In other words, they worked/acted as not-working/not-acting. This film attempts to provoke the question of representability of free time, of cognitive labour and mental exhaustion, of contemporary work ethic, and of the paradox between control and freedom via the frame of cinema and its production.

Screenings and exhibitions:

  • “People on Sunday”, 100 Tonson Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Bright Future Short – 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Festival World Premiere)
  • “People on Sunday”, 33rd Images Festival, Toronto, Canada
  • “International Competition”,  8th Kinodot Experimental Film Festival, Russia
  • “Experimental Competition”, 28th Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal
  • 34th Image Forum Festival Tokyo, Japan
  • International Competition, 39th Uppsala Short Film Festival, Sweden
  • (Online) Art Lover Movie Club, ArtReview, UK
  • “Southeast Asian Short Film Competition”, 31st Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore
  • R.D. Pestonji Competition (National Competition) at the 24th Thai Short Film and Video Festival, Thai Film Archive, Thailand
  • International Competition, 14th Glasgow Short Film Festival, Scotland
  • EXPEDITION section, 18th Vienna Shorts Film Festival, Austria
  • Abandon Normal Devices Festival, UK

Awards:

  • Special Mention Award, R.D. Pestonji Competition, the 24th Thai Short Film and Video Festival, Thai Film Archive, Thailand
  • Special Mention,  Moving Image category, Julius Baer Next Generation Art Prize, Singapore

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