A film by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (Thailand 2012 I 68 mins)
A Very Sad Pictures production
Written, directed & produced by: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Produced by: Pop Pictures
Cast: Koramit Vajrasthira, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Nottapon Boonprakob, Siriporn Kongma
Cinematography: Pairach Khumwan
Production Design: Rasiguet Sookkarn
Editing: Chonlasit Upanigkit
Sound Design: Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Music: Wuttipong Leetrakul
Thailand, 2012 I 68 min I DCP I Thai + English subtitles
“Strange, without the photo, it’s like this never existed…” 36 is a delicate contemplation on the nature of memories in the digital age.
On the site of a derelict building, location scout Sai meets art director Oom, and they begin working together. Sai records everything on her digital camera, from images of locations to the people in her life. Two years later, Sai is still in the same job, while Oom has moved on. One day her computer crashes, wiping her hard drive, along with the images that capture an entire year of her life. Among them are those she’d taken of Oom… Consisting of 36 shots, 36 is a delicate contemplation on the nature of memories in the digital age.
Winner – New Currents Award, Busan International Film Festival 2012
Tiger Award Competition Official Selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013
“this striking debut will cast a spell on viewers who click into its languid and quietly simulating rhythms” – Variety
“an unexpected gem from Thailand, ‘36′, used its three-dozen fixed shots to conjure a sweetly melancholy tale of a girl, a crashed hard drive and lost love” – Time Out
Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy
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.
★ Winner ★
New Currents Award,
Busan International Film Festival 2012
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.
“In the old days, when I started taking photos, waiting for the film to be developed was very exciting. I would get 36 photos that often had nothing to do with each other. Often I wouldn’t remember what the picture was or why I took it. I would have to create my own narrative to connect the events in the photos, sometimes taken months apart. And because my old camera was very simple, many of them were blurred or flared. But even these imperfect pictures made me smile because they represented happy moments in my life.
“This film is told in a similar fashion, comprising 36 shots that are not directly related to each other. It’s like looking at someone’s roll of film and forming a narrative of a certain period of their life.”