Films

Samui Song

Samui Song, "Mai Mee Samui Samrab Ter"

Synopsis

Director

Viyada (Chermarn Boonyasak), a Thai soap opera actress in her mid-30s, finds herself increasingly pressured by her husband Jerome (French director Stéphane Sednaoui), a rich foreigner entirely devoted to a charismatic cult leader called The Holy One. Viyada has no other choice than to take the most drastic measures in order to escape once and for all from their influence.

„Violence begets violence and bodies have a nasty way of piling up in „Samui Song“. Yet Pen-ek has a flair for tempering all that blood and menace with pitch-black comedy: watch for the brilliant scene in which a massive phallus gets repurposed as a murder weapon. With Boonyasak’s desperate thespian at its centre, „Samui Song“ becomes seductively self-reflexive. This is ultimately a story about the roles we seek and, most challenging of all, the roles that are thrust upon us.“ – Giovanna Fulvi, Toronto Film Festival

Pen-ek Ratanaruang

(b. 1962, Bangkok) received his Bachelor of Arts in Art history from Pratt Institute in New York. After working as a graphic designer in New York City, he returned to Thailand to become the Head of Art at the Leo Burnett agency, and subsequently began directing commercials. His advertising work has won several national and international awards, as well as his first two feature films. Six of his films have been screened at PÖFF and his „Ploy“ was selected in the competition programme EurAsia. Pen-ek Ratanaruang was the member of the EurAsia competition jury in Tallinn at 2009. In 2011 Pen-ek was one of the directors for unique project „60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero“. „Samui Song“ is his eleventh full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Fun Bar Karaoke (1997)
  • Ruang Talok 69 (6xty-nin9, 1999)
  • Mon-rak Transistor (2002, PÖFF 2003)
  • Last Life in the Universe (Viimane elu universumis, PÖFF 2003)
  • Invisible Waves (Nähtamatud laineid, PÖFF 2006)
  • Ploy (PÖFF 2007)
  • Nang mai (Nümf, PÖFF 2009)
  • Headshot (2011, Pähelask, PÖFF 2012)
  • Prachathipa’Thai (2013, doc)
  • Raeng dueng dood (The Life of Gravity, 2014)
  • Samui Song (2017)

Schedule

17.11.2017
21:15 - 23:03
Tartu, 
Cinamon
Hall 5
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 011903
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19.11.2017
18:15 - 20:03
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 3
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 030202
Sold out
29.11.2017
21:30 - 23:18
Tallinn, 
Kino Sõprus
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 131703
Sold out
Screenings with guests might end later than expected.

Programme

Panorama

Film info

Countries: Thailand, Germany, Norway
Year: 2017
Duration: 108 minutes
Languages: Thai, English
Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Producers: Raymond Phathanavirangoon, Rasarin Tanalerttararom
Writer: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
DOP: Chankit Chamnivikaipong
Montage: Patamanadda Yukol
Composer: Koichi Shimizu
Cast: Chermarn Boonyasak, David Asavanond, Vithaya Pansringarm, Stéphane Sednaoui
Productions: Bluering Company Limited, Tenk.tv, Augenschein Filmproduktion
Festivals: Toronto, Haifa, Chicago

Synopsis

Director

Viyada (Chermarn Boonyasak), a Thai soap opera actress in her mid-30s, finds herself increasingly pressured by her husband Jerome (French director Stéphane Sednaoui), a rich foreigner entirely devoted to a charismatic cult leader called The Holy One. Viyada has no other choice than to take the most drastic measures in order to escape once and for all from their influence.

„Violence begets violence and bodies have a nasty way of piling up in „Samui Song“. Yet Pen-ek has a flair for tempering all that blood and menace with pitch-black comedy: watch for the brilliant scene in which a massive phallus gets repurposed as a murder weapon. With Boonyasak’s desperate thespian at its centre, „Samui Song“ becomes seductively self-reflexive. This is ultimately a story about the roles we seek and, most challenging of all, the roles that are thrust upon us.“ – Giovanna Fulvi, Toronto Film Festival

Pen-ek Ratanaruang

(b. 1962, Bangkok) received his Bachelor of Arts in Art history from Pratt Institute in New York. After working as a graphic designer in New York City, he returned to Thailand to become the Head of Art at the Leo Burnett agency, and subsequently began directing commercials. His advertising work has won several national and international awards, as well as his first two feature films. Six of his films have been screened at PÖFF and his „Ploy“ was selected in the competition programme EurAsia. Pen-ek Ratanaruang was the member of the EurAsia competition jury in Tallinn at 2009. In 2011 Pen-ek was one of the directors for unique project „60 Seconds of Solitude in Year Zero“. „Samui Song“ is his eleventh full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Fun Bar Karaoke (1997)
  • Ruang Talok 69 (6xty-nin9, 1999)
  • Mon-rak Transistor (2002, PÖFF 2003)
  • Last Life in the Universe (Viimane elu universumis, PÖFF 2003)
  • Invisible Waves (Nähtamatud laineid, PÖFF 2006)
  • Ploy (PÖFF 2007)
  • Nang mai (Nümf, PÖFF 2009)
  • Headshot (2011, Pähelask, PÖFF 2012)
  • Prachathipa’Thai (2013, doc)
  • Raeng dueng dood (The Life of Gravity, 2014)
  • Samui Song (2017)