Asian Cinema Fund 2018

2011 Projects

2011 Post-Production Fund

Project I Carried You Home
Category Asian Project
Project I Carried You Home
Director Tongpong CHANTARANGKUL
Country Thailand, Singapore
Director's Profile As a young boy, Tongpong Chantarangkul would be found more often at the cinema than in a classroom. Deeply inspired by the celluloid world, he received his BA in Motion Picture and Video at Rangsit University (2001) in his native Bangkok, Thailand, where he was born and raised. He joined post-production company, Soho Asia, where he worked as a Telecine Colourist for two years before joining the MA Filmmaking course at the London Film School in 2005. His graduation film, [Wings of Blue Angels], won several international accolades including the Trailblazer Award at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival. That same year his debut feature script won development funding from the Asian Cinema Fund. [I Carried You Home] will premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in October, 2011.
 
Synopsis
[I Carried You Home] is a contemporary Thai family portrait of two sisters, estranged by the tide of modern day life, who reunite when their mother suddenly dies while singing karaoke in the food court of a shopping mall. The younger sister Pann lies to her mother about an extra class to get out of spending time with her just moments before she collapses. Meanwhile, working in Singapore where she had moved a few years prior to get away from her family, the elder sister Pinn misses the calls to inform her of her mother’s death. Then the journey begins. In transporting their mother’s body from Bangkok to their village in southern Thailand, the sisters are forced to confront the secrets and resentment they have been hiding their whole lives. With a little help from a kindly ambulance driver, Tor, they begin to rebuild their relationship as they come to terms with their mother’s death.
Director's Note
In this film I wanted to explore our relationship to our families in modern times, and it was based on real life events and experiences relating to the death of my dear friend’s mother. While we are materially better off than we have ever been, we are simultaneously dealing with an ever-growing sense of loneliness. Why have we become more disconnected from each other, particularly with our families? I wanted to juxtapose moments in the lives of this family before and after the mother’s death, to accentuate the deeper ways in which our lives change dramatically from one day to the next. I also wanted to show the gradual loss of communication between them, and how easily regret creeps in when we take for granted those relationships that are closest to our hearts.
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