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14 October 2020

Sea change.

by Syd Briscoe

Mercedes-Benz: “To Live with Water” - 2 mins 09s

This atmospheric film for Mercedes-Benz shines a light on how time and climate are changing the shape of life in Thailand - that is, by literally altering the configuration of the country's coastline. Director Aldona Kwiatkowski's film adopts a quiet tone, charting a landscape architect's efforts to adapt to the nation's shifting needs.

It's a beautifully shot piece of work, giving old and new aspects of Thai life equal heft as they collide due to corrosion. Temples situated on the sea, vast rooftop gardens feeding a university campus, boats gliding through waterways while cars navigate dusty streets - all are rendered in arresting detail and give viewers a new appreciation of nature's diversity... and danger.

Film Production: Spindle
Director: Aldona Kwiatkowski ♀ Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Sarah Weinknecht
Cinematographer: Patryk Kin
Stylist: Viluxsaya Boonjongrak
Location: Thailand

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