Aditya Assarat at IFFR
An architect from Bangkok spends some time in a forgotten coastal town in southern Thailand for a building commission. A doomed place that has not recovered from the tsunami three years ago. When something beautiful blossoms between the architect and the owner of his hotel, they are not to find happiness.
The sort of love story that can only be believed in Thailand. A man returns after his death to the landscape of his youth and relives the love that was meant for eternity. Even if you don’t believe in reincarnation, it’s a meditative and above all beautiful film.
36 is the number of shots on an analogue roll of film. It's also the number of shots in this film. Yet it's not a strict film, but the playful quest of a young photographer for the photos that disappeared on her computer: a whole year's worth, including one of a challenging encounter.
Letters from the South
An omnibus film about how immigrant Chinese in Southeast Asia cling to their traditional customs, language and habits - even after centuries in a different country. Made by filmmakers with a Chinese background who have individually been regular guests in Rotterdam.
Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy
A cheerful title for a playful, jittery film. The story of schoolgirl Mary jumps around all over the place, because the filmmaker based the story on tweets by a real young teenage girl. Confused, but incredibly witty, fun and very freely acted. A Twitter comedy.
The Road to Mandalay
Powerful drama about the tragic love between two illegal immigrants from Myanmar in Bangkok. In a very troubling scene, Midi Z ingeniously shows how Lianqing’s boundless ambition to acquire some status drives her to an act of desperation, while Guo's confrontation with this harsh way of life slowly drives him crazy.