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Anocha Suwichakornpong described the follow-up to her acclaimed 2009 debut, Mundane History, as an “ode to the memory-recording and reconstructing machine that is cinema” and her “attempt to deal with the impossibility of making a historical film in a place where there is no history.” Moving languidly between narrative layers, By the Time It Gets Dark is both a poetic exploration of the filmmaking process and an attempt to address how a violent incident from Thailand’s past influences its present. The Guardian’s Mark Kermode deemed it “a kaleidoscopic meditation on the shifting relationship between past and present, truth and fiction, movies and memory. . . . a dizzying, dazzling work – elliptically political, frequently perplexing, yet fluid enough in its possibilities to allow each viewer to divine their own meanings from its quicksilver forms.” (Dir.: Anocha Suwichakornpong, Thailand, 2016, 105 min., DCP, Thai with English subtitles)