Railway Sleepers
A Film by Sompot Chidgasornpongse

Format: DCP Interop format 24fps
Sound: 5.1 surround
Running time: 102 mins
2016 Thailand

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: Asian Cinema Fund, South Korea & Ministry of Culture, Thailand

World Premiere at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival (Documentary Competition), October 10, 2016

European Premiered at the Berlin Film Festival (Forum), 12 Feb 2017 (Press)/ Feb 15, 2017 (Public).
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"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.

Thailand was introduced to trains in 1890 during the reign of King Rama the 5th. It was once the sign of modernity. However, with corruption and the inefficient operation of the train bureau, the Thai train failed to improve for many decades. From the colonial era on, the Thai train 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 audi- ence to take a journey along the edge of modernity and nostalgia.