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It Gets Better

Mai Dai Kor Hai Ma Rak
Thailand 2012, 104’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Tanwarin Sukkhapisit
screenplay: Tanwarin Sukkhapisit
cinematography: Nikorn Sripongwarakul
editing: Suchart Sangchu
music: Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, Paradorn Vesurai
cast: Penpak Sirikul, Kawin Imanothai, Porama Imanothai, Panupong Waraeaksiri, Pavich Subrungroj Nuntita Khamphiranon, Pram Marawong, Kisthachapon Tananara, Purimprud Chaiyakham, Wallop Thearathong
producer: Sutthiket Khongthawon
language: Thai
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Thailand National Film Association Awards – najlepszy aktor drugoplanowy (Kawin Imanothai) / Best Suporting Actor, kostiumy / Best Costumes, art direction

Film description

Three intertwining stories with a transgender background. A beautiful woman travels through the Thai province searching for the traces of her past in a small town. A teenage boy whose father caught him trying on a dress is sent to a convent. A young man comes back from America to shut down a variety show night club which belonged to a father he never met. A road movie is combined with a tragicomedy – the beautifully composed shots show episodes from the characters' lives in a warm, but slightly ironic light. Sukkhapisit portrays different varieties of gender identity, but the main theme of the film is the universal longing for intimacy and acceptance.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Tanwarin Sukkhapisit

Director, actress, producer, head of Thai Film Director Association in 2012. Awarded for her short features, often inspired by autobiographical experiences related to sex change. Her full-length debut "Insects in the Backyard" about teenagers raised by a transsexual parent was not distributed domestically due to the censorship issues, but it was shown at over 30 international festivals. In subsequent films she uses conventions from popular genre cinema – from horrors to romantic comedies.


2006 Phone Moo
2006 In The Name Of Sin (kr.m.)
2008 I'm Fine Sa-bai-dee-lah / I Am Fine (kr.m.)
Tai hong / Still (nowela "Revenge")
Insects in the Backyard
Hak Na Sarakham / Mahasarakam Love
2012 Będzie lepiej / Mai Dai Kor Hai Ma Rak / It Gets Better
2014 Thoe khao rao phi / Threesome
Love sud jin fin sugoi / Fin sugoi

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