Archive - 12th Five Flavours Film Festival
Krasue: Inhuman Kiss
In the 1940s, a series of gruesome, unexplained murders of cattle and wild animals occur in a small village in Thailand. Farmers come to a conclusion that krasue, a bloodthirsty female spirit known from Thai folk tales, must be behind the bloodshed. In the meantime, Sai, a young nurse working in a village hospital, keeps waking up in strange circumstances. As a daughter of a local leader, the girl deals with high expectations of the community, as well as increasingly clear signs of affection from kind-hearted Jerd. When Noi, Sai's best friend from childhood, comes to the village, the girl more and more often recalls the repressed memories of the past and one traumatic night spent in the nearby abandoned house. Meanwhile, a gang of Krasish hunters appear in the village, headed by a charismatic leader who is not exactly who he claims to be ...
In "Krasue: the cold breath," Sitisiri Mongkolsiri ideally combines elements of folk mythology of Southeast Asia and Buddhist stories with motifs known from the horror classics of the Western culture. The stuffy atmosphere of a small Thai village resembles locations known for the bloody Thai horror of the 80s, and the terrifying appearance of two wraiths, krasue and krahanga, is complemented by the story of the still reviving ancient curse. The director draws an unobvious relationship between the characters. In the classic thread of a love triangle, he places the heroine as a strong character, bravely facing her nature and fighting for her own future. Thus, Sitisiri Mongkolsiri creates a remarkable image of Thai Gothic romance.
Sittisiri Mongkolsiri (alias Dome Sitisiri) graduated from the Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Thammasat University, majoring in film. In various interviews he mentions that one of the films that had biggest influence on him was Pen-eka Ratanaruang’s “Monrak Transistor”. He began his career directing commercial videos and advertisements, most notably for Cute Press, Samsung, QQ and Thai Airways, bringing him various awards including Best film at Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Vivid visual aesthetics and absurd sense of humour in Dome's 2016 short film “Midnight Sun” drew attention of Wisit Sasanatieng - one of the leading Thai New Wave filmmakers, who encouraged to younger filmmaker to shoot “Krasue: Inhuman Kiss”, which marks Sittisiri Mongkolsiri’s full-length debut.
2016 Midnight Sun (k.m.)
2019 Krasue: zimne tchnienie / Sang Krasue / Krasue: Inhuman Kiss