a film by Jakrawal Nilthamrong

2021, 118 minutes, Thailand/France/The Netherlands/Singapore, 1.85, Color, 5.1 Sound, in Thai with English subtitles

Sales/Festivals: Diversion (Thailand)

Grand Prize - Best Film

"The film intertwines different layers of time, the past and the present of its characters, in an intriguing and highly challenging way. The director takes us on a journey, where the real and the unreal are not opposing each other."


Two fragments in a woman's life. Maem is a young woman in 1960s rural Thailand. Her clocksmith father imparts his philosophy onto his daughter, while tensions from the military dictatorship and communist rebels are rising. She is courted by two very different young men - a feeble rickshaw driver who is literally pushed aside by an ambitious and ruthless army chief. Fifty years later, the army chief has become a disgraced general. Maem nurses her abusive husband during his last days and looks back at her past filled with loss, suffering and joy.

Beyond the nostalgia of Maem's life, ANATOMY OF TIME is also a tangible interpretation of a generation that is slowly fading. On one level a deeply felt story of a woman, and on another, that of a country's tragic past and its exploited people.

  • Paris Coproduction Village
  • Asian Project Market, Busan
  • Hubert Bals Fund
  • Ministry of Culture, Thailand
  • Aide aux cinémas du monde
  • Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée
  • Institut français
  • Netherlands Film Fund
  • Purin Pictures
  • World Cinema Fund
  • Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine
  • Département Charente-Maritime
  • Singapore Film Commission

About the Director:

(Photo: Kiatchai Kiatsirikajorn)

Jakrawal Nilthamrong’s work spans from short films, documentary films to video installations and feature films. The themes of his work often relate to Eastern philosophy in contemporary context and local history of specific environments to establish dialogue among multiple perspectives. His shorts, documentaries and video installations include MAN AND GRAVITY, ORCHESTRA, UNREAL FOREST, IMMORTAL WOMAN (International Film Festival Rotterdam), INTRANSIT (Toronto International Film Festival) and STONE CLOUD (Berlinale Forum Expanded). His first narrative feature film VANISHING POINT won the Hivos Tiger Award at 2015 International Film Festival Rotterdam.



  • Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti
  • Filmfest Hamburg
  • Busan International Film Festival
  • Tokyo FILMeX, Grand Prize
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
  • Five Flavours Film Festival, Poland
  • Singapore International Film Festival, Competition
  • Around the World in 14 Films, Berlin
  • International Film Festival Rotterdam
  • 12 D'A Film Festival Barcelona
  • Helsinki Cine Asia
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • International Film Festival of Kerala
  • Hong Kong Asian Film Festival



Press Kit

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"The past haunts and shapes the present in the enigmatic, meditative and thought-provoking Anatomy of Time."
- Allan Hunter, Screen International

"Anatomy of Time moves the personal within the historical, and it lets the unstoppable march of time take its course right to the very end."
- Kong Rithdee, Bangkok Post

"Jakrawal Nilthamrong drew on his own family history for an impressionistic look and used it as a springboard for a meditation on life and loss in his native Thailand."
- Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter

"A tale of endurance, waiting, sacrifice and of acceptance of the choices made in the past. Time changes all of us. Details fade. Anger and ambition lose force."
- Patrick Frater, Variety

2021 Venice Film Festival
Orizzonti Competition

Writer/ Director

Jakrawal Nilthamrong


Thaveeratana Leelanuja
Prapamonton Eiamchan
Sorabodee Changsiri
Wanlop Rungkumjad


Mai Meksawan
Chatchai Chaiyon
Yohann Cornu
Anouk Sluizer
Panuksmi Hardjowirogo


Phuttiphong Aroonpheng

Production Design

Sarawut Karwnamyen


Lee Chatametikool
Katharina Wartena


Pakorn Musikaboonlert
Pachara Chirathivat


Diversion / Mit Out Sound Films (Thailand)
Damned Films (France)
Sluizer Film Productions (The Netherlands)
M'GO Films (Singapore)

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