awards and festivals
The debut of Thamrongrattanarit consists of 36 shots - the exact number of frames in the analogue camera film. A simple story of love, breakup, and nostalgia, set in the times of digital technology.
A boy and a girl, their history recorded in pictures, which disappear from a disc. What happens to the memory, to the relationships experienced here and now, in the times when the importance of a moment depends on whether it was photographed with a phone? Everything is saved, archivized, but it is hardy safe when the carrier is frail, and the important files are hard to find among thousands of others.
The Thai director is one of the few filmmakers offering an in-depth analysis of the modern mental reality of young people, living their lives in the half-digital, half-real world. He achieves it without special effects and spectacular visions, masterfully translating the new type of perception into the language of cinema. The cut-off shots, a specific montage of associations, and a minimalistic, poetic atmosphere of his films, create a new, intriguing quality. It was appreciated by Béla Tarr, head of the Busan jury, who awarded the young filmmaker for "inventing his own film language."
Born in 1984, studied Chinese philology at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok. Film critic, screenwriter, co-founder of Third Class Citizen, a group of Thai film activists. He took part in Berlinale Talent Campus, and in 2013 he participated in Biennale College in Venice, with a film project based on 141 Tweets.
2006 Bangkok Tanks
2008 Sing Dee Dee
2010 Cherie Is Korean-Thai
2013 Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy