PANG Ho-Cheung

PANG Ho-Cheung
With Hong Kong director PANG Ho-cheung after interviewing him in 2012

Friday, September 02, 2011

ACF 1144: "Hi-So" to be screened at MoMA starting September 8th, 2011

May and Ananda in his old home
Hi-So
Directed by Aditya Assarat
Thailand, 2010, 102 minutes
With Ananda Everingham, Cerise Leang, Sajee Apiwong.

The ContemporAsian film series at New York's Museum of Modern Art continues next Thursday with a week-long screening of Aditya Assarat's look at Bangkok's contemporary high society (hence the film's title, Hi-So).

Hi-So was screened this past June as one of the films in the Blissfully Thai film series at Asia Society here in NY. For my review of it, click here.

Synopsis: Upon returning to Thailand from San Francisco, Ananda (Ananda Everinghan)gets a starring role in a film shot off-season at a desolate vacation spot in the countryside. His American girlfriend, Zoe (Cerise Leang), comes to visit, but as the shooting proceeds she becomes plagued by boredom and isolation, and the relationship soon sours. Several months later, Ananda is living in Bangkok with his new Thai girlfriend, May (Sajee Apiwong), whom he met on set. Everything goes well at first, but as Ananda becomes increasingly caught up in his expat social circle, May begins to feel isolated and unhappy as well. The film’s gentle and at times self-reflexive camerawork explores the internal loneliness of young people adrift between cultures and languages—people who feel displaced and disconnected with the memory of, and debris from, the 2004 tsunami ever present in the background. In Thai, English; English subtitles. 

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