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Apichatpong Weerasethakul - 2021

Jessica, the owner of an orchid farm, visits her sister who is sick in hospital in Bogota. There, Jessica befriends Agnes, an archaeologist from France, who is studying the human remains found in a tunnel construction site in the mountains. Jessica begins to hear a loud sound, a ‘bang’, at daybreak. It is an internal sound which only she can hear. At the same time, she suffers from insomnia that drives her to roam the Bogota streets at night. 


Jessica leaves Bogota and spends time with Agnes near the tunnel construction site. Without sleep, her ‘bang’ symptom progresses. By the stream Jessica comes across a strange man whom she spends an afternoon with. The mountains are dynamited as the tunnel’s new route is started. Columns of smoke drift across the surrounding landscape. 

Colombia / Thailand / United Kingdom - 2021

Length: 135:45
Genre: Fiction

Script and direction: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Production: Burning

Coproduction: Kick the Machine, Illuminations Films

Director of photography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

Cast: Tilda Swinton 
          Elkin Díaz 
          Juan Pablo Urrego 
          Jeanne Balibar

Production designer: Angélica Perea



  • Cannes Film Festival, Jury Prize Winner and Nominee for the Palme d’Or, Cannes, France. 2021 

  • Cahiers du Cinema, Third Place in the Top 10 film award, France. 2021

  • Chicago International Film Festival, Gold Hugo Award for Best Feature, Chicago, United States. 2021 

  • Faro Island Film Festival, Winner for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year and Best Achievement in Directing, Faroe Islands. 2021  

  • Platino Awards for Iberoamerican Cinema, Winner of the Platino Award for Best Sound, Nominee for Best Art Direction, Cinematography and Original Music, Madrid, Spain. 2022

  • Ariel Awards, Nominee for the Silver Ariel for Best Latin American Film, Mexico City, Mexico. 2022 

  • Ghent International Film Festival, Special Mention and Nominee for the Grand Prix, Ghent, Belgium. 2021

  • Jerusalem Film Festival, Nominee for The Nechama Rivilin Award for Best International Film, Jerusalem, Israel. 2021 

  • Palm Springs Film Festival, Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Palm Springs, United States. 2021 

  • Sydney Film Festival, Nominee for Best Film, Sydney, Australia. 2021


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