Having had its world premiere in the Dragons and Tigers competition at the Vancouver festival, the film is being touted as a "don't miss" by festival insiders.
Kong Rithdee in the Bangkok Post talked to Tanwarin for more about it:
To call Tanwarin Sukhapisit's Insects in the Backyard unusual would be an understatement. The Thai drama ... tells the story of a transvestite father who lives with his teenage son and daughter. The father, after divorcing his wife and parading around in drag, refuses to be called Dad; to his children, he is Big Sister Tannia.
"I've seen real-life cases in which katoey get married and have children, because that's the condition that society places on them, and I wonder what kind of domestic life they live," says Tanwarin, who's known to appear as a woman both in real life and in the movies he stars in.
"The film tells the story of this katoey and his two children, who have a hard time trying to understand the behaviour of their father. This unusual situation also drives them out of their home to seek comfort elsewhere. I think this is the kind of story that hardly ever gets told."
The Saturday night screening, at 7.30 at Paragon Cineplex, will have a Q&A afterward.
There's also a trailer at YouTube. Have a look.