Archive - 12th Five Flavours Film Festival

BNK48: Girls Don't Cry

Thailand 2018, 108’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
screenplay: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
cinematography: Niramon Ross, Tanapol Keawdang, Pacharin Surawatanapongs, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
editing: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
music: Tongta Jitdee, Pokpong Jitdee
cast: Cherprang Areekul, Nayika Srinian, Rina Izuta, Suchaya Saenkhot, Vathusiri Phuwapunyasiri, Mananya Kaoju
producer: Vichai Matakul, Pacharin Surawatanapongs
production: BNK48 Office, Salmon House
language: Thai
colouration: colour

Film description

Twenty-six girls of different ages sit down alone in front of the camera to talk about their lives as a member of the Thai super girl band BNK48. Starting from the audition and casting, through exhausting trainings, friendships, competition, daily activities, holidays together, up until the official selection and its aftermath, each of the girls shares thoughts about the entertainment industry, relationships in the team, twisted mechanisms of popularity and the closed system in which they found themselves. Inequality and competition governs their everyday lives since sixteen of them are selected to work on the song and the music video, and the remaining ten are still practicing and preparing for the next selection. None of them thought that the desire for adventure and passion for would force them to quickly grow up ...

In "BNK48: Girls Don't Cry" Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit returns to his signature focus on new media. He looks into the phenomenon of idol culture, wondering about the influence that the development technology and social media have on the lives of modern young people. The frames reveal young filmmaker's author visual style: usage of pastel colours, strong exposure to light. This time, Thamrongrattanarit minimizes his directorial role and allows girls to decide on the plot of the documentary, which thus turns into their personal diary from the time they spent in BNK48. 

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Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

Born in 1984, he studied Chinese philology at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Film critic, screenwriter, co-founder of Third Class Citizen, a Thai group of film activists. He participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, and in 2013 at Bienalle College in Venice. He received Grand Prix of the Five Flavors Asian Film Festival People’s Jury twice: in 2013 for his feature debut "36", and five years later for the lyrical, essayistic "Die Tomorrow".


2006 Bangkok Tanks (kr.m.)
2012 36
2013 Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy
2014 The Master (dok.)
2015 Atak serca / Heart Attack / Freelance: Ham puay... Ham phak... Ham rak mor
2017 Umrzesz jutro / Die Tomorrow
2019 BNK48: Dziewczyny nie płaczą / BNK48: Girls Don't Cry

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