Transitional Space in Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Syndrome and a Century: The Reflection of Thailand in Transition


Recently, transitional space has been employed as an aesthetic and stylistic means of narrative in many contemporary films, and it has been explored in many different ways, which go far beyond its conventional use for continuity editing. This paper will examine the use of transitional space in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Syndromes and a Century and explore how it can create multiple dimensions of space, time, and break an authority of the film's narrative. For me, Apichatpong's way of making film is a blending of content and form, in most of his films, content is form and form is also content. Form is not merely the film apparatus for delivering content, but it becomes content itself. Though Apichatpong always says that this film is about his memory of his parents, however, it is also about the memory of the country, Thailand. It is about how we have gone through the change, from the past to modernised country, from the rural to urban. The rupture of the storyline and the interweaving of time and space in Syndromes and a Century disrupts the continuity of the film and leave viewers in frustration. The narrative authority is destructed and the film opens up space for viewers to question what they are seeing on the screen.

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Viraporn Kitikunkamjorn, Bangkok University, Thailand

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Conference: MediAsia2018
Stream: Film Criticism and Theory

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