My Thai student’s post on Thai film events in NY at Wise Kwai Thai Film Journal

A conversation with Pen-ek and Apichatpong in NYC

This is a wonderful scoop on Thai film events in NYC last month. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Oh, and I think Hi-So will be showing at Asia Society tomorrow (6/11) if you are interested. I am not sure what to expect of the movie but the wonderful Ananda is in the movie so I have high hope for it. He is pretty famous in Thailand. Note to Thai language student, the term hi-so is a slang in Thai, which comes from hi society. It signifies something classy, luxurious, and fabulous.

For example:

Hi-so maak. = It look so expensive and rich.

Kot Hi-so. = Extremely hi-so.

Jun 11, 2011 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm


Hi-So (2010). (Memento Films)

Part of the film series
Blissfully Thai

Dir. Aditya Assarat.  2010. 102 min. 35mm. English subtitles.

Post-screening Q&A with actress Cerise Leang

Ananda (Ananda Everingham) has returned home to become an actor after living abroad. On a seaside movie set, he is visited by his girlfriend from California, Zoe (Cerise Leang). Tacitly, the two are drifting apart. Several months later, Ananda is in Bangkok living with a new girlfriend, May (Sajee Apiwong). The two share moments reminiscent of Ananda’s previous relationship. A directorial follow-up to the much praised Wonderful Town (2007), Hi-So, which refers to Thailand’s high society types, portrays life between languages and cultures with an eloquent grace.

Berlin International Film Festival 2011

“An absorbing and beguilingly simple film that is beautifully haunting and effortlessly cool.” — Mark Adams, Screen Daily

Aditya Assarat (b. 1972) was born in Bangkok and left Thailand at the age of 15 to study in the United States. He studied History at New York University and earned a master’s degree in film production at the University of Southern California. His feature debut Wonderful Town(2007) won the New Currents Award at Pusan International Film Festival and Tiger Award atRotterdam International Film Festival. Director Filmography (features): Hi-So (2010),Wonderful Town (2007), 3 Friends (2005).


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