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Where We Belong

Thee Trong Nan Me Chan Rue Plao
dir. Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
Thailand 2019, 130’
European premiere
Screenings, tickets
Su 17 Nov
Muranów
20:30
 
Muranów
Tu 19 Nov
Kinoteka 2
20:30
 
Kinoteka 2
Awards and festivals
Busan IFF 2019
Credits
Thailand 2019
Duration: 130’
director: Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
screenplay: Kongdej Jaturanrasamee
cinematography: Umpornpol Yugala
editing: Lee Chatametikool, Harin Paesongthai
cast: Jennis Oprasert, Praewa Suthamphong, Patchanan Jiajirachote
producer: Chalit Bunnag, Soros Sukhum
production: BNK Office, Song Sound Production, Slider Cat
language: Thai
colouration: colour

Film description

Sue does not even know what she dreams of and she does not feel at home in her family town. She would like to leave everything behind and go to Finland on a scholarship. Instructions for the interview and advice on packing suitcases can be easily found on the web – a much more difficult point on the to-do-list before leaving is, however, confronting oneself with own past and the emotions connected with leaving one’s best friend in the home country.

The story about significant choices sketched with a coloured pen is a subtle portrait of friendship between two girls stepping into adulthood. The director uses a coming-of-age story format as a pretext to contemplate on the search for identity in the global world and creates a charming essay on long-lasting and elusive interpersonal relations – as well as simply on being a girl and all the problems girls face in the contemporary world. Two Thai teenagers wandering over the streets of a provincial town embody the flâneurism of the 21st century – flashing lights of shopping malls, disorderly colourfulness of urban bazaars and promenades hidden in half-shadow are faraway places but also so familiar to the spectators all over the world.

The main parts were played by members of the idol supergroup BNK48 – talented, charismatic female vocalists prove that they can go beyond the pop stylistics and operate with penumbra and deep melancholy.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Kongdej Jaturanrasamee

He completed film studies at King Mongkut Institute of Technology. A director and screenwriter, who worked also as a teacher, copywriter and restaurant owner. Appreciated for psychological sensibility and the ability to transfer ephemeral emotional states into the screen. His films were presented and awarded at numerous international festivals, In 2012 received the Grand Prix at Five Flavours for „P-047”.

Selected filmography:

2003 Sayew Spasm
2005 Cherm / Midnight My Love
2011 P-047 / Tae peang phu deaw
2013 Tang Wong
2015 Sa-nap / Snap
2019 Where We Belong

Festival guests

Kongdej Jaturanrasamee 

reżyser

Jennis Oprasert

actress

Born in 2000, singer and actress. She belongs to the supergroup of idols BNK48, she was in the first line-up of the band founded in 2017. At the age of eight she played in the horror film "The 8th Day", for which she was nominated for the Suphannahong National Film Awards. For her leading role in Kongdej Jaturanrasamee's "Where We Belong" she received the Marie Claire Asia Award for emerging talent.

Soros Sukhum

producent 

Born in Bangkok, graduate of film production at the Faculty of Communication Arts of the University of Rangsit. He began his professional career by working in all areas of film production. This period coincided with the emergence of a new generation of independent filmmakers and within a few years Soros became a leading independent producer in Thailand, collaborating with directors such as Aditya Assarat, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Anocha Suwichakornpong and Kongdej Jaturanrasamee.

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