Tanwarin Sukkhapisit's legally embattled comedy-drama Insects in the Backyard is going to Berlin, where it'll play in the Asian Hot Shots.
The film tells the story of a transgender father who lives with his teenage son and daughter. The father, after divorcing his wife, refuses to be called Dad; to his children, he is Big Sister Tannia. This new situation provokes conflicts and drives the kids out of their home to seek comfort elsewhere. The movie was banned in Thailand, because “The film’s content goes against public order or morality”, portraying prostitution and masturbation.
It's part of Asian Hot Shots' "Queer Asia" program. The fest runs from September 9 to 11.
Meanwhile, Tanwarin has started a new independent production company, Amfine Production, and is at work on a new film, It Gets Better. Check it out on Facebook.