Actress Tilda Swinton and director Apichatpong Weerasethakul recently put together one of the most creative and naturally-inspiring film festivals in Yao Noi, Thailand. Lasting four days, the event – titled “Film on the Rocks” – featured Thai and international cinema screenings, as well as art installations, panel discussions, and workshops.
Apichatpong decided to use the gorgeous island backdrop as a way to calm and relax the moods of those in attendance. “It links back to our main theme for the festival, which is Primordial,” one of the organizers, Nat Sarasas told Dazed Digital. ”We really believe that bringing people very close to nature they will be more receptive to whatever we will be showcasing.”
Besides holding some workshops and screenings under a tree estimated to be between 2,000-3,000 years old, the festival also commissioned the creation of a “floating movie theater” made entirely from recycled materials.
“The thought of watching films here seemed surprising: a screen, nestled somewhere between the rocks,” wrote architect Ole Scheeren on his site. ”And the audience… floating. Hovering above the sea, somewhere in the middle of this incredible space of the lagoon, focused on the moving images across the water,” he wrote. “A landscape of pieces playfully joined together. A sense of temporality, randomness. Almost like drift wood. Or maybe something more architectural.”
“Surrounded by a dramatic landscape of towering rocks emerging from the ocean, the audience experienced an atmospheric convergence of nature and cinematic narratives – primordial notions of light, sound and stories suspended in the darkness between sea and sky.”
According to Scheeren, his movie theater was composed of individuals modules to allow for flexibility in future use. Once the festival ended, it was donated back to the community of Yao Noi (who also built it with local materials) for their own use.