photo by Pleng Kangwan.

 

 

Nontawat Numbenchapol was born in 1983 and grew up in Bangkok. He is a Thai film director and television screenwriter, who is widely recognized for his documentary work. He graduated from the Visual Communication Design Department, Faculty of Art and Design, Rangsit University.

Numbenchapol has frequently collaborated on Cannes Palm d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s works. Projects include UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (stills photographer), FOR TOMORROW FOR TONIGHT (cinematographer), FIREWORKS (ARCHIVES) (project manager), and CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR (documentary making-of).

In 2013, Numbenchapol finished his first documentary film BOUNDARY, funded by Busan International Film Festival and Art Network Asia. The film depicts point-of-views of local people at the Thai-Cambodia border that have never been recognized. Numbenchapol received the Young Filmmaker award from the Bangkok Critics Assembly and BOUNDARY screened across many film festivals such as Berlin International Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival.

In the same year Numbenchapol completed his second documentary BY THE RIVER, about the Klity villagers affected by water lead contamination. It became the first Thai film to receive the Special Mention award from the Locarno International Film Festival.

In 2016 Numbenchapol created an hybrid docu-fiction #BKKY, a story of a teenage girl, “Jojo,” questioning life and identity. Jojo’s character is a compilation of 100 teenagers interviewed in Bangkok about their loves and dreams and coming-of-age just after graduating high school. It premiered in October 2016 at the Busan International Film Festival before it received the Jury Award for best feature- length film from Lesbisch Schwule Filmtage Hamburg, Germany.