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Wonderful Town

Aditya Assarat
Thailand 2007 / 92’

Ton, a young architect from Bangkok, is assigned to oversee the reconstruction of a holiday resort in southern Thailand that had been destroyed by the tsunami. Instead of a staying in one of the big tourist hotels in Takua Pa, he takes lodgings in an inconspicuous small town hotel, where he seems to be the only guest. Ton's flirtation with Na, the young woman who works at the hotel, develops into a passionate relationship, which doesn't escape the suspicious eyes of her sinister brother Wit.

Christoph Terhechte, Berlin IFF 2008

Wonderful Time was inspired by the town of Takua Pa in the south of Thailand, where 8,000 people perished in the 2004 tsunami. But when I went to visit two years later, there was a strange feeling. The town was very peaceful and beautiful. All the reminders of the tsunami were gone, as if the people wanted to throw away the memory. The roads were repaved, the houses were rebuilt, the coconut trees swayed in the breeze as always. But though the town

looked new, the people were not. I felt that everyone was still walking around in a daze, like they just woke up and couldn't remember how to get home. The town's economy was still ruined, since tourists had not returned to the beaches. It was a strange sadness - a town of sadness. So it was this atmosphere that I wanted to document.

Aditya Assarat

Aditya Assarat was born on January 16, 1972 in Bangkok and studied film production at the University of Southern California before making his first short film. In 2004, he was invited to attend the Sundance Director's Lab, a training ground for promising filmmakers from around the world. In 2005, he was chosen to work for one year with Indian director Mira Nair as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Wonderful Town is his first feature film.

Filmography:

2001 Motorcycle (kr.m. / short film)

2003 Waiting (kr.m. / short film)

2004 Boy Genius (kr.m. / short film)

2005 The Sigh (kr.m. / short film)

2005 3 Friends (kr.m. / short film, współreż. / co-dir.)

2007 Wonderful Time

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