ACF Asian Cinema Fund

Script Development Fund

2011 Script Development Fund

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Category Asian Project
Project Interior
Country Thailand
Director's Profile Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit graduated from Chulalongkorn University with a degree in Chinese Language. He began making short films, and in 2007 he was invited to Berlinale Talent Campus, an experience he enjoyed so much that he wrote a book about it. Back on home soil, he continued to make short films while interning at GTH, Thailand’s largest film studio. There, he co-wrote the script for [Bangkok Traffic Love Story] which became the highest-grossing movie of 2009. Nawapol is also a film columnist for Bioscope Magazine and is the founder of Third Class Citizen, a nerdy group that organizes weekend film screenings and workshops. His latest short, [Cherie is Korean-Thai], won first prize at the Bangkok Short Film Festival. It was subsequently invited to International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2011.
After Ah Gong’s death, Daughter decides to turn his old suburban house into her office. However, Dad and Mom want to move to Ah Gong’s place and give her their home in the city instead. That’s an even better idea, thinks Daughter... I can stay in town and get away from Dad too. But first, she wants to renovate the place. Thus begins the tearing down of the family home, the household that had once lived together in harmony. Daughter is inspired by Japanese Minimalism while Dad only cares about functionality. Meanwhile, Mom visits a Feng Shui Master who recommends placing a golden cat in the middle of the living room for good fortune. Cracks in the floor expose cracks in the relationships, a reflection of how fragile the modern Thai family really is.
Director's Note
I was born during a time of transition so I’ve been able to witness a lot of changes in my life. Some of them are small things though; others are big things like the change from an analog world to a digital one. Some choose to modernize while others are happy to remain in the same place. While the younger generation wants to transform society, the older generation finds comfort in the familiar. Sometimes I don’t know which side to take. I see people I love fading into the past and it makes them unhappy. But if I drag them out of their old ways, will they be able to live? Sometimes bringing people into a brand new world can make them cease to exist altogether.
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