Hi-So (Memento Films)
Directed by Aditya Assarat
Thailand, 2010, 102 minutes
When: Saturday, June 11th, 2011 at 3:00 PM
Where: Asia Society
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street), NYC
Post-screening Q&A with actress Cerise Leang
"An absorbing and beguilingly simple film that is beautifully haunting and effortlessly cool."
— Mark Adams, Screen Daily
The Blissfully Thai series, presented by Asia Society in association with Cineaste, continues this afternoon with Hi-So, the next to last film in the series:
Ananda (Ananda Everingham) has returned home to become an actor after living abroad. On a seaside movie set, he is visited by his girlfriend from California, Zoe (Cerise Leang). Tacitly, the two are drifting apart. Several months later, Ananda is in Bangkok living with a new girlfriend, May (Sajee Apiwong). The two share moments reminiscent of Ananda's previous relationship. A directorial follow-up to the much praised Wonderful Town (2007), Hi-So, which refers to Thailand's high society types, portrays life between languages and cultures with an eloquent grace.
Aditya Assarat (b. 1972) was born in Bangkok and left Thailand at the age of 15 to study in the United States. He studied History at New York University and earned a master's degree in film production at the University of Southern California. His feature debut Wonderful Town (2007) won the New Currents Award at Pusan International Film Festival and Tiger Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival. Director Filmography (features): Hi-So (2010), Wonderful Town (2007), 3 Friends (2005).
by the New York State Council on the Arts
and the Thai-US Partnership Program
of Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Thai Artists Alliance.