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This 2008 Rotterdam International Film Festival Tiger Award–winner is set in the backwater town of Takua Pa, near the Andaman Sea coast of Southern Thailand, where the 2004 tsunami killed thousands of people. Ton is an architect from Bangkok assigned to supervise the reconstruction of a beach hotel. He puts up at a plain, very quiet hotel in town and soon discovers that a pall of sadness hangs over the locals. Na, the beautiful young woman whose family runs the hotel, is one of the few people to respond to him. The residents are clearly haunted by the tsunami and the unpredictability of fate, and a mood of misfortune clings to the green, picturesque hills even on the sunniest day. When a tentative romance blossoms between the laconic man and woman, a ray of hope appears amid the gloom. But Na’s brother Wit, leader of the bored youths who endlessly cruise the local roads on their motor scooters, sees Ton as a threatening outsider. Writer/director Aditya Assarat, a regular at international festivals since 2000, gets naturalistic performances from Supphasit Kansen and Anchalee Saisoontorn as Ton and Na, but the lingering, hushed air of apprehension is the real star of Assarat’s dreamlike scenario. As Na admonishes her brother, “You’re still drowning here.” A touching, astutely observed film, which received a special mention from the New Directors Prize jury at the 2008 SFIFF, Wonderful Town offers a glimpse of a world rarely seen. Photographed by Umpornpol Yugala. With Anchalee Saisoontorn, Supphasit Kansen, Dul Yaambunying. Distributed by Kino International. (92 min)

Official Website: http://www.sffs.org

Added by cinesoul on July 7, 2008

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