The Blue Hour

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    The Blue Hour

    Onthakan

    Directed by

    Thailand

    2015

    96 min

    • Thai

    Drama

    The blue hour can mean time between day and night, realm between dream and reality, or point between good and evil. The film, based on a true story is about the relationship between a boy, who is pressured by his family, and a mysterious boy who will lead him to horrified situations. Tam, a loner gay boy, is always bullied by his friends at school. At home, his father who works in the army always beats him. His mother and brother never trust him. One day, Tam gets to know Phum, a mysterious boy on the internet. He goes to meet him at an abandoned swimming pool. They have sex and begin their relationship, which will lead Tam to commit the biggest crime of his life.

    Awards

    • New Flesh Award - Fantasia FF
    • Jury Prize - FEST IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Atthaphan Poonsawas
    Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang
    Daungjai Hirunsri
    Chaowalit Teangsap
    Nithiroj Simkamtorn
    Panutchai Kittisatima
    Screenplay
    Anucha Boonyawatana
     Waasuthep Ketpetch
    Cinematography
    Chaiyapreuk Chalermpornpanit
    Kamolpan Ngiwtong
    Editing
    Anuphap Autta
    Music
    Chapavich Temnitikul
    Sales
    REEL SUSPECTS
    Production
    G VILLAGE
    Production
    185º EQUATOR

    Press

    This good-looking Berlinale Panorama title does mark Boonyawatana as a young director to watch.

    Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

    Anucha Boonyawatana

    Anucha Boonyawatana

    Thailand

    Filmmaking somehow represents myself and my identity at that time. When I've found something that I really love, I always try to put them into my film. My film is like a collection of things I adore.

    Born in Nakhon Phanom, a North-Eastern Province of Thailand, in 1981, Anucha Boonyawatana is a Thai independent film director and also founder of G-Motif Production, one of the largest video production company in Thailand. Anucha's thesis film DOWN THE RIVER, combination of Buddhist philosophy and Thai art and a love story of a gay couple, won Young Thai Artist Award and has been shown at several film festivals. Anucha collaborated with TUC, Thai-American Public Health Agency (under the US government) and UNESCO to direct the online movie LOVE AUDITION aim to promote health and relationships among Thai gay teenagers. In 2012, the short film EROTIC FRAGMENTS NO. 1, 2, 3 was screened in competition at Berlinale Shorts of the 62th Berlin International Film Festival. THE BLUE HOUR is Anucha's first feature film, which premiered at Berlinale Panorama in 2015. In 2017, her second feature MALILA: THE FAREWELL FLOWER won Kim Jiseok Award at Busan IFF.

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