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Samui Song

Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Thailand, Germany, Norway 2017 / 108’
Piercing Scary Mother

Viyada is a 30-year-old actress who specializes in playing villains on popular series. Now her private life is starting to look more and more like something out of a movie: she's stuck in a loveless marriage to a rich foreigner, an unfulfilled sculptor besotted in a religious movement led by a strict guru. Viyada is forced to take drastic measures to get out of this increasingly oppressive situation. This suspenseful, brilliantly told story involves the viewer in a psychological drama with a Freudian flair. The cold but stylish cinematography offers a contrast to the deeply tangled web of emotions that inevitably explodes. While the director does nothing to hide the Hitchcockian inspiration, his story about dark sexuality, the masks we wear in close relationships and institutions that profit from our spiritual needs is both modern and universal. This dark, satirical detective story turns out to be a social critique-and not only of Thai society.

Pięć Smaków Kino Azji

Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Born in Bangkok in 1962, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang is counted among the directors in the Thai new wave. He is also partly responsible for the popularity of Thai cinema throughout the world. His films have been screened at numerous festivals, including in Berlin, Cannes and Venice, while his films 6ixtynin9Transistor Love Story and Headshot were Thailand's submissions to the Oscars. In his work, he makes references to both the classics of world cinema and Thai pop culture, brilliantly combining eccentric aesthetics with penetrating insights into contemporary life.

Selected filmography

1997 Fun Bar Karaoke

1999 6ixtynin9 / Ruang Talok 69

2001 Transistor Love Story / Monrak Transistor

2003 Ostatnie życie we wszechświecie / Last Life in the Universe / Ruang Rak Noi Nid Mahasan

2007 Ploy

2009 Nimfa / Nymph / Nang mai

2011 Headshot: mroczna karma / Headshot

2013 Paradoxocracy / Prachathipa'Thai

2017 Samui Song

Cast & Crew

director Pen-ek Ratanaruang
screenplay Pen-ek Ratanaruang
cinematography Chankit Chamnivikaipong
editing Patamanadda Yukol
music Koichi Shimizu
cast Chermarn Boonyasak, David Asavanond, Vithaya Pansringarm, Stéphane Sednaoui
producer Raymond Phathanavirangoon, Rasarin Tanalerttararom
production Bluering Company Ltd , Cinema22, augenschein Filmproduktion, Tenk.tv
Polish distributor Pięć Smaków Kino Azji
language Thai, English
colouration colour