The Island Funeral

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    The Island Funeral

    Mahut samut lae susaan

    Directed by

    Thailand

    2015

    105 min

    • Thai

    Drama

    A young woman embarks on a journey that sets her on allocation course with political and spiritual forces of the land she once thought was familiar to her. Laila and her brother set out on road trip to the south of Thailand, a muslim-predominant region plagued by outbreaks of violence and official mistrusts. Tormented by the mystery of own origin, she reaches an island off the Thai coast where she discovers that her identity is as ambiguous as that of the country she calls home.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Prize - Hong Kong IFF

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    Credits

    Cast
    Heen Sasithorn
    Aukrit Pornsumpunsuk
    Yossawat Sittiwong
    Pattanapong Sriboonrueang
    Wanlop Rungkamjad
    Kiatsuda Piromya
    Screenplay
    Pimpaka Towira
    Editing
    Harin Paesongthai
    Benjarat Choonuan
    Uruphong Raksasad
    Music
    Noppanan Panicharoen 
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    Production
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    Press

    A film rich with mesmerizing imagery and witty subversion of genre-cinema iconography.

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A quietly gripping tale with its own distinctive voice.

    Richard Kuipers, Variety

    Pimpaka Towira

    Pimpaka Towira

    Thailand

    I didn’t plan to be a controversial director, but film is exposure of life.

    Pimpaka Towira, born 1967 in Thailand, was educated in Film at the University in Bangkok. Her feature film debut ONE NIGHT HUSBAND (2003) gave her international fame. She is the first female Thai filmmaker to be noticed by international viewers and critics. Towira writes, directs and produces all of her films. She has been invited as a jury member for many film festivals and won the Silpathorn Award in 2009, distributed by the Ministry of Culture in Thailand. In 2010, her short film POR won the Special Jury Award at the Pacific Meridian IFF, after which she made three acclaimed shorts, FATHER (2010), TERRIBLY HAPPY (2010) and MOTHER (2012). Her second feature, and most recent film, THE ISLAND FUNERAL (2015), was awarded Asian Future Best Film Award at Tokyo IFF and received the FIPRESCI Award at the Hong Kong IFF.

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