Friday, January 28, 2011

Pimpaka's Terribly Happy in Berlinale Shorts competition

Pimpaka Towira's Terribly Happy (สุดสะแนน, Sudsanan) is among the 25 films in competition in the Berlinale Shorts.

The ambitious 30-minute short runs the length of Thailand in its story of a young soldier, on patrol as a ranger in the rubber plantations of restive Southern Thailand. He then goes on leave to his home province in the Northeast of Thailand in Udon Thani, where he finds his girlfriend has taken up with one of the many elderly Western men who've retired there.

Terribly Happy premiered last year as part of the Film Festival in Commemoration of the Celebration on the Auspicious Occasion of His Majesty the King's 83rd Birthday Anniversary.

According to production company Extra Virgin, Terribly Happy was conceived as a companion piece to Pimpaka's upcoming feature, The Island Funderal.

Other Berlinale Shorts include Park Chan-wook's iPhone film Paranmanjang.

The Thai short hits Berlin along with the Forum features, Thunska Pansittivorakul's The Terrorists and Aditya Assarat's Hi-So.

Berlinale runs from February 10 to 20.

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