My poll 71 ended with 8 votes. Thanks to everyone who participated in it. Here is the result:
I LIKE DARKNESS AND DIM LIGHT IN SOME SCENES IN THESE FILMS/PLAY. WHICH ONES DO YOU LIKE?
1.THE BANGKOK BOURGEOIS PARTY (2007, Prap Boonpan, Thailand)
It got 4 votes, or 50 %.
2.BLOOD CANNOT BE CHANGED (เพื่อนสาวผีดิบ) (2009, Wannasak Sirilar, Thai stage play)
+A LAKE (2008, Philippe Grandrieux, France)
+ONE NIGHT (2008, Zart Tancharoen, Thailand)
+THESIS (1995, Alejandro Amenábar, Spain)
Each of them got 3 votes, or 37 %.
6.THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (2009, Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa, Thailand)
+THE SUN (2004, Alexander Sokurov, Russia)
+TROPICAL MALADY (2004, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)
Each of them got 2 votes, or 25 %.
9.THE BOY FROM MARS (2005, Philippe Parreno, France)
+ENDLESS RHYME (2008, Tanatchai Bandasak, Thailand)
+A FAREWELL TO HEMINGWAY (2008, Svetoslav Ovtcharov, Bulgaria)
+THE INSURANCE (ประกันชีวิต) (2009, Nok Paksnavin, Thailand)
+THE KITE (ZMEY) (2002, Aleksei Muradov, Russia)
+LOST HIGHWAY (1996, David Lynch, USA)
+NE CHANGE RIEN (2009, Pedro Costa, Portugal)
+THE NIGHT WILL PAY (2004, Néstor Mazzini, Argentina)
+PERU TIME (2008, Chaloemkiat Saeyong, Thailand)
Each of them got 1 vote, or 12 %.
18.KEMPINSKI (2007, Neil Beloufa, France)
+THE POLICEWOMAN (2003, Joaquim Sapinho, Portugal)
+THE RIVER (1997, Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan)
Each of them got 0 vote.
–I’m glad THE BANGKOK BOURGEOIS PARTY is the winner. This film uses darkness in a unique way. The darkness in this film still creates a lot of fear in my mind now. It represents the time and the place in which I am living, and I don’t know if I will survive it or not.
–There’s a recent film which I think presents darkness very beautifully. It’s THE WOLFMAN (2010, Joe Johnston, A+), which is very atmospheric. The cinematographer of this film is Shelly Johnson. The dark forest in THE WOLFMAN is so beautiful that I think it is not too far removed from the gorgeous dark forest in A LAKE.
–I think UPRISE (2008, Sandro Aguilar, Portugal, A+++++) also uses darkness in a very beautiful way. Its cinematographer is Paulo Ares.
–I think the photographs PARIS BY NIGHT by Brassaï present darkness very beautifully.
–Another photographer who knows how to use darkness is Bill Henson.