In Thai with Eng sub
Emerging Thai director Puangsoi Aksornsawang interweaves raw home videos, photographs, personal memories and fiction in this poetic docu-drama debut. Aoey, a film student returns to her hometown Nakorn Sawan (Paradise City in Thai) to attend her mother’s funeral. As she contemplates on the passing of a loved one, she finds herself struggling to reconnect with her father and people from the past. Puangsoi’s personal grief and memories of her departed mother echo Aoey’s complex feelings of loss, agony and misery.
Drifting in and out of two realities, director Puangsoi Aksornsawang expressed that editing is at the core of the film. Working with veteran editor Lee Chatametikool, Puangsoi recalled the editing process as a collaboration, with countless intimate conversations between the two filmmakers. The result is a poignant film that explores the binaries in life and filmmaking, and melds narrative with real emotions.
2018 Busan IFF
2018 Taipei Golden Horse FF
2019 QCinema IFF
Puangsoi AKSORNSAWANGA graduated from the Motion Picture and Still Photography Department of Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Her short film Swimming Pool was screened in various Student film festivals. In 2011, She worked as an assistant director and a scriptwriter for two awarded feature films – 36 by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, and The Isthmus by Sopawan Boonnimitra and Peerachai Kerdsint. In 2014, she had the academics DAAD scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) and graduated from Master of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Hamburg in Germany in 2018. Now she is based in Bangkok, working as a director, a writer and a scriptwriter.
Active in both independent and mainstream cinema, adept Thai film editor Lee Chatametikool is a long-time collaborator with Palme d’Or-winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. His notable works include Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Ten Years Thailand under the “Ten Years International Project” and Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai’s So Long, My Son, among others. In 2010, Lee Chatametikool founded his co-production company, White Light Post, and in 2013, made his directorial debut, Concrete Clouds. He was also the post-production manager in Call Me By Your Name. In recent years, Lee Chatametikool is devoted to supporting and collaborating with young filmmakers across Southeast Asia, and is the editor of films like Looking for Kafka from Taiwan, Nakorn-Sawan from Thailand, the Singaporean feature film Pop Aye, Ròm from Vietnam and many more.