In “People on Sunday”, Saenjaroen wishes to honor, through reinterpretation, MENSCHEN AM SONNTAG (1930), a homonymous German film directed by Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer back in the days of silent film, known for being one of the first movies in cinema history to use non-actors. Set in a quite distinct geography and ideological context, Saenjaroen’s film is interested in episodic stories about idle workers during their downtime, being particularly fascinated with the paradox of non-professional actors effectively working to stage these non-work situations.
Tulapop Saenjaroen (b.1986, THAILAND), who holds an MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Art and MA in Aesthetics and Politics from CalArts, is an artist and filmmaker based in Bangkok. His recent works interrogate the correlations between image production and production of subjectivity as well as the paradoxes intertwining control and freedom in late capitalism. His works have been shown in exhibitions and screenings internationally including Locarno Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Images Festival Toronto, Vancouver International Film Festival, Curtas Villa do Conde, Asia Culture Center Gwangju, 25FPS Zagreb, Kasseler DokFest, Harvard Film Archive, Display Gallery Prague, Seoul International New Media Festival, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art; and won awards from Winterthur, Jakarta, Moscow, and Thailand.