Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

Synopsis

A cinematic first! Social media and cinema merge in this adapatation of a Twitter stream consisting of 410 consecutive tweets. A beautifully crafted coming-of-age story following the often absurdly comic as well as emotional trials and tribulations of an unknown teenage girl Mary.

As high school student Mary prepares to graduate, she is faced with the prospect of change all around her: in life, love and friendship. In the midst of her own internal struggles, strange unrelated things start happening to her and she expresses her uncertainty through her Twitter stream. The film centres around the concept of a scriptwriter’s control over narrative. Thamrongrattanarit as a professional scriptwriter experiments with the idea of letting a real life twitter feed tell a story. Mary’s tweets are those of the real life twitter feed of an anonymous girl, inspiring this whimsical portrait of contemporary youth culture in Asia.

Official festival selections: Busan International Film Festival 2012, Tokyo International Film Festival 2012, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013.

Written, directed & produced by: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Produced by: Pop Pictures
Thailand 2013 I 127 min I DCP I Thai + English subtitles

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Winner of 4 Thai National Film Awards 2014

 

“Affecting and wryly funny study of its heroine’s hopes, anxieties and frequent bewilderment with life at the intersection of adolescence and adulthood”

 

Winner of NETPAC Best Asia Film Prize at Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival:

About the Filmmaker

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (b. 1984) is a self-taught director, film critic and screenwriter. He graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University, and attended Berlinale Talent Campus in 2007.

His debut feature film 36 won the New Currents Award at Busan Film Festival 2012 and was also selected for the Tiger Award competition at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013.

Nawapol has been nominated for 10 Thai National Film Association (Supannahong) Awards for his second feature film Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy, which was also one of three projects selected for the inaugural Venice Biennale College, earning its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in 2013. The film is currently enjoying its international film festival run, with the European premiere having taken place at International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2014.

Nawapol continues to work as a scriptwriter/script supervisor for both independent and mainstream feature films and as a film critic for film and cultural publications. His screenwriting credits include Bangkok Traffic Love Story, Thailand’s highest grossing film in 2009. He is co-founder of Third Class Citizen, a Thai film and video activist group.