Ahead of the August 7 opening of Where the Miracle Happens, a drama that stars Princess Ubolratana, press coverage is ramping up to promote the film.
Where the Miracle Happens premiered at a specially organized screening on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival. The film debut for the Princess, eldest daughter of His Majesty the King, it is based on her novel “Rueang San Thee Chan Kid”. The Princess portrays Pimdao, a wealthy businesswoman who is involved in a traffic collison while riding in a car with her daughter. The daughter's heart is then transplanted into her mother. Pimdao then devotes her life to fulfilling her daughter's desire to volunteer as a teacher at an impoverished rural school.
Among the supporting cast are Sukolawat Kanaros as a young doctor, Siraphan Wattanajinda (from Dear Dakanda and The Unseeable) as a teacher and veteran actor Somchai Sakdikul.
The Princess is well known for her extensive charity work, and Where the Miracle Happens will benefit her Miracle of Life project to build schools in remote areas.
The director is Siripakorn Wongchariyawat, who is making his directorial debut. His previous credits including working on the art department for Nonzee Nimibutr's Dang Bireley's and the Young Gangsters. He talks about the film in a story in today's Daily Xpress. Here's an excerpt:
“The Princess has always enjoyed helping people. Since losing her son in the tsunami, she wants to do something bigger,” he explains.
“I hope the film will help the audience understand more about the Princess and the project,” he says.
“I realise some people might have preconceived ideas and refuse to see the film. I would ask them to keep an open mind, to come to theatres and if they don’t like the movie, to blame me.”
The director attempts to add credibility to the Princess’ acting abilities by adding some dramatic scenes, such as the one where Nil shouts at the older Pimdao.
“I want to break down some walls. The Princess has worked very hard at her acting. These scenes could not happen unless she believed she was Pimdao at that moment,” says the director.
I understand from reading a story awhile back in Singapore's New Paper (sorry, no link) that the Princess did her own stunts, which includes getting trapped in a burning building. The trailer is at YouTube, and I have posters squirreled away here and here. Production values appear to be top notch, and I think people are going to be surprised.
(Photo of Siripakorn Wongchariyawat courtesy of Oriental Eyes)