Samui Song

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Samui Song (Mai Mee Samui Samrab Ter)

Directed by Pen-ek Ratanaruang

  • Germany, Norway, Thailand 2017; 108 min
  • Original version: English, Thai
  • Genre: Drama

  • Venice Days

Synopsis

Viyada, a Thai soap opera actress in her mid-30s, finds herself increasingly pressured by her husband Jerome, a rich foreigner entirely devoted to a charismatic cult leader called The Holy One. Viyada has no other choice than to take the most drastic measures in order to escape once and for all from their influence.

Director's Statement

In the past ten years or so, cross-cultured marriage has become increasingly common in Thailand. Mixed-marriage couples, usually Western men and Thai women, have become a common sight in Bangkok as the city became more and more cosmopolitan. This film is a tribute to this specimen of people. Here we have a story of an actress who struggles in a male-dominated environment where she has no way of defining herself, be it her marriage, her career, her sexuality or even the destiny of her offspring. She tries everything to break free from this oppressive environment...which eventually leads her to become entangled in a serious crime. A crime which doesn't turn out as planned and forces her to escape, well...vanish actually. Just when she thinks that she has successfully escaped, this happiness is short-lived. The men and Thai customs and culture prove too powerful for our female protagonist and, before long, they manage to bring her back to her rightful place again: under their influence. SAMUI SONG is ultimately a modern satire of the Thai upper class. Though nominally a dark noir, I want the film to be surprising and unexpected – an ode, if you will, to cinema itself. Using Hitchcock as a starting point, the film serves as an homage to the kinds of movies I enjoy, from Buñuel to Thai cinema from the ‘60s.

Production

  • BLUERING COMPANY LIMITED

     

  • AUGENSCHEIN FILMPRODUKTION

     

  • TENK.TV

     

International Sales

  • URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL