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Upcoming Screenings:

UK (London) | ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Arts)
- 4 Aug 2017 @ 6.20pm
- 5 Aug 2017 @ 4.20pm
- 6 Aug 2017 @ 4.20pm
- 8 Aug 2017 @ 6.00pm
- 10 Aug 2017 @ 4.00pm

Australia (Melbourne) | Melbourne International Film Festival
- 5 Aug 2017 @ 6.30pm
- 8 Aug 2017 @ 4.00pm

UK (Oxford University) | 9th EUROSEAS Conference 2017
- 16-18 Aug 2017

UK (Sheffield) | Bertha DocHouse - ‘On the Line’ program
- 27 Aug 2017 @ 6.20pm


by Sompot Chidgasornpongse

Original Title: หมอนรถไฟ (Mon Rot Fai)
Length: 102 minutes
Country: Thailand
Genre: Documentary

Director: Sompot Chidgasornpongse
Producer: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Featuring: Francois Langello
Assistant Director: Phim Umari
Production Manager: Panu Trivej, Kissada Kamyoung
Post Production Supervisor: Lee Chatametikool
Post Production Producer: Sinjai Piraisangjun, Noorahaya Lahtee
Senior Colorist: Passakorn Yaisiri
Colorist: Chaitawat Thrisansri
Assistant Digital Conform: Sorawich Khunpinij
DCP Mastering: Thitiwat Khajorn, Sorawich Khunpinij
Sound Mixer: Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Sound Editor: Chalermrat Kaweewattana
With the support of: AND | Asian Cinema Fund, South Korea & Ministry of Culture, Thailand


"Railway Sleepers" explores the close connection between Thai people and Thai railway, a celebration and record of what it is like to live in Thailand today. Through various activities and scenes inside and outside the moving vehicles, the film turns the train into the microcosm of life in Thailand during this changing time.

With mundane talk, onboard walks, outward gazes, exchanged glances, sitting, and sleeping, the film takes the audience to experience a 2-day, 2-night trip from the north to the south. As the vehicle’s rhythm synchronizes with the mechanism of a movie camera, the long history of the Thai train is encapsulated in this moving entity, while we become passengers of light.

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Director's Statement:

Thailand was introduced to trains in 1890 during the reign of King Rama the 5th. It was once the sign of modernity. However, the Thai train failed to improve for many decades. From the colonial era on, it became a vehicle frozen in time.

Trains have always been my favorite form of transportation. To me, it is a mobile replica of life itself. It brings strangers together. We cross paths as we move ahead in similar directions but with different destinations. The train is also embedded with a history that reflects the development of my country. “Railway Sleepers” invites the audience to take a journey along the edge of modernity and nostalgia.

Director's Biography:

Sompot Chidgasornpongse graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Chulalongkorn university, and an MFA in Film/Video from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Since then, he’s been active in the film industry, both locally and internationally. He works closely with Apichatpong Weerasethakul as assistant director in many feature and short films, including Tropical Malady, Syndromes and a Century, Cemetery of Splendour, and Fever Room, among others.

His personal shorts were shown at various international film festivals around the world, including Oberhausen, Viennale, Rotterdam, Vision du Reel, Signes de Nuit, Indielisboa, etc. He was also selected as a participant in Berlinale Talents as director and editor. His films explore the possibility of representing everyday life in a creative and thought-provoking way. “Railway Sleepers” is his first feature length documentary.

Producer's Biography:

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a filmmaker, producer, and artist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Often non-linear, with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory, subtly addressed personal politics and social issues. They have won him widespread international recognition and numerous festival prizes, including a Palme d’Or from the Cannes Film Festival.

His latest works, Cemetery of Splendour (a feature film) and Invisibility (an installation), focus on dreams states and delusion. Recently with “Fever Room”, he engages live performance with video projections and theatrical mechanism.


Sompot Chidgasornpongse

Apichatpong Weerasethakul