Directed by: Nonzee Nimibutr, Wallop Prasopphol, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Parkpoom Wongpoom 2015 | 130 min.
Section: Southeast Asian Showcase
Premiere: International Premiere
Four songs from His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej’s (also known as King Rama IX) royal songbook have now inspired four leading Thai directors to interpret their spirit and meaning into four short films:
"The Singers" by Nonzee Nimibutr - Two elderly ladies from vastly different backgrounds are united by heartache. When they meet and learn each other’s story, they each feel great sympathy for the other. And it appears what can help them both is their shared passion in music. Unlikely as it seems, a song will save them from the cruelty of life.
"Smiles" by Wallop Prasopphol - A teenage boy is bullied badly at school. His fault: he never shows his feelings, never gets angry, cries, laughs, or even smiles. But then, the boy lands a role in the school play with the prettiest girl in class. The girl is dating a popular athlete, and for her to appear in a play with the “robot” sounds like the unlikeliest thing. The truth is about to come out, and it will change perceptions forever.
"Falling Rain" by Parkpoom Wongpoom – The story of Seub Nagasathien, former chief of Huay Kha Kaeng Wildlife Sanctuary and Thailand’s most famous conservationist. Seub spends the last four years of his life working to stop illegal logging and poaching in Thailand’s most fertile forest area. He stands up against politicians and dark influences that operate without regards to the sanctity of the law. And his fighting spirit won’t give in to the power of greed that’s destroying the land.
"Star" by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon. - Every student dreams of becoming the one who leads the flag salute. So when the headmaster announces that the school is looking for a student to perform the honor in place of a student who’s just graduated, two little boys, Ko and Nueng, set out in a competition to win that spot in front of the whole school. The contest will be decided by the number of stars assigned to the candidate every time they perform a good deed. Will Nueng defy the odds and achieve his impossible dream?
The four films pass on the inspiration and encouragement that His Majesty the King, whom is universally beloved and considered the spiritual center of all Thai people. These songs, conceived by the monarch, bestow upon his people profound meaning and philosophy.
||Nonzee Nimibutr, Wallop Prasopphol, Yongyoot Thongkongtoon, Parkpoom Wongpoom
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