Anocha Suwichakornpong's Mundane History Jao Nok Krajok) is among the recipients of the VPRO Tiger Awards at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
The jury consists French actress and singer Jeanne Balibar, Polish-Dutch filmmaker Úrszula Antoniak, former director of the Singapore International Film Festival Philip Cheah, Mexican filmmaker and jury chair Amat Escalante and Ugandan actor and activist Okello Kelo Sam. Their statement about Mundane History:
Constantly surprising, this film offers philosophical and political dimension of Thai society, while presenting a seemingly mundane story. To us, this film appeals to both intellect and spirituality. We are impressed by the film's accomplished way to interplay abstract ideas and harrowing reality.
Three winners were selected from the field of 15 films by first- or second-time directors. The other winners were Agua fría de mar (Cold Water of the Sea) by Paz Fábrega (Costa Rica, France, Spain, Netherlands, Mexico) and Alamar (To the Sea) by Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio (Mexico).
The Tiger Award is another great success for Anocha, who was earlier awarded the €15,000 Prince Claus Grant for development of her sophomore feature, By the Time It Gets Dark.
Update: More thoughts about Mundane History at The Auteurs.