One of the anticipated releases this year is the adaptation of The Happiness of Kati (ความสุขของกะท), the S.E.A. Write Award-winning children's book (Amazon link) by writer (and translator) Jane Vejjajiva.
The story is about a 9-year-old girl who's living an idyllic life in the home of her grandparents until she discovers that her mother is dying from Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). According to the author's page at Simon & Schuster, "her father is a doctor who researches Lou Gehrig's disease, or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). He encouraged her to write about Asian people suffering from the illness, a topic that has long been neglected. This is her debut novel."
The film adaptation is directed by Genwai Thongdeenok, and shooting has just been completed, according to an article in yesterday's Bangkok Post (cache). The article is an interview with the film's cinematographer Tanon Sattarujawong, and is well worth a look for a glimpse at a gifted, up-and-coming filmmaker.
The Happiness of Kati is due for release by Sahamongkol Film International sometime in December.
(Poster via Deknang/Popcornmag)