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Aditya Assarat's profile and filmography
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Directors Profile

 

Aditya Assarats short films have won 15 awards and been invited to screen at many festivals around the world including Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Oberhausen, Sundance, and the New York Film Festival. He made his feature debut in 2005 with 3 Friends which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to his films, he also directs music videos for various local artists and has been nominated for the Channel V Music Video Awards 10 times and won four awards including Music Video of the Year of 2005. He is the recipient of the Hubert Bals Award in 2003 at the Pusan Promotion Plan (PPP). In 2004, he is the first Thai filmmaker ever invited to the Sundance Directors Lab in Utah, where he is the recipient of the inaugural Annenberg Fellowship. In 2005 he is the first Film Prot?g? chosen to work with renowned director Mira Nair as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative. In 2006 he started the production company Pop Pictures Co. Ltd with friends Soros Sukhum and Jetnipith Teerakulchanyut to facilitate the production of his second feature film titled Wonderful Town. Shooting was completed in December with a production grant from Rolex SA and the Thailand Ministry of Culture. Aditya is currently in preproduction on a new short film titled I Love U, the third part of the Boy Genius Stories.

Selected Filmography

As Director

Wonderful Town. Up to July 2008, the film has already been travelling to 29 festivals and won nine awards as follows:

- Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, Silver Prize  http://www.gaiff.am/en/winners/

- Taipei Film Festival, Special Jury Prize, New Current

- San Francisco International Film Festival, Special Jury Prize

- IndieLosboa, Portugal, Grand Prix

- Hong Kong Film Festival, fipresci prize

- Deauville International Film Festival, France, Special Jury Prize

- La Palmas International Film Festival, Spain, Special Jury Prize

- Rotterdam International Film Festival, Best VPRO Tiger Awards

- Pusan International Film Festival, Bean Pole New Currents Award

Motorcycle - 16mm, 15 minutes, 2000
2001 Sundance Film Festival
2001 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
2001 Tampere International Short Film Festival
2001 Oberhausen International Short Film Festival
2001 London Film Festival
2001 San Francisco Film Festival (Golden Gate AwardGrand Prize)
2001 Pusan Asian Short Film Festival
2001 Hamburg International Short Film Festival
2001 Voladero Short Film Festival (First Prize Fiction Award)
2001 Toronto Worldwide Shorts Festival
2001 Singapore International Film Festival
2001 New York MOMA Award-winning Shorts Screening
2001 Hong Kong New Thai Cinema Screening
2000 New York Film Festival
2000 Chicago International Film Festival (Gold Hugo Best Student Film)
2000 Hamptons International Film Festival (Student Showcase Award)
2000 Palm Springs Short Film Festival (Special Merit Award)
2000 Shorts International Film Festival (Best Student Film Award)
2000 Bangkok International Film Festival (Vision of Life Award)
2000 Bangkok Short Film Festival (Raj Pestonji Award)

705 Sukhumvit 55 DV, 5 minutes, 2002
2004 Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival
2004 Pusan Asian Short Film Festival
2003 Hong Kong IFVA Awards
2003 Bangkok Short Film Festival
2002 Substation Asian Film Symposium Screening

Pru Raw Velvet: A concert documentary  DV, 120 minutes, 2002
2002 Premiered on Channel V and MTV Thailand

Waiting - 16 mm, 25 minutes, 2003
2004 Vancouver International Film Festival
2004 San Francisco Asian American Film Festival
2004 Tampere International Short Film Festival
2003 Torino Film Festival (Cinemavvenire Award for Best Short Film)
2003 Montreal Festival of Cinema and New Media
2003 Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival
2003 Barcelona Asian Pacific Short Film Festival (Best Short Film)
2003 Busan Asian Short Film Festival
2003 Singapore International Film Festival
2003 Thai Takes Screening at New York Asia Society
2003 Bangkok International Short Film Festival
2003 Bangkok Short Film Festival (Special Merit Award)

3 Friends, DV, 85 minutes, 2005
2005 Toronto International Film Festival
2005 Pusan International Film Festival
2006 Bangkok International Film Festival

Boy Genius, DV, 12 minutes, 2005
2005 Bangkok Short Film Festival
2005 Asiana Short Film Festival (Grand Prize)

Boy Genius 2: The Sigh, DV, 25 minutes, 2006 (2006)
2007 Thai Takes 3 Film Festival

Wonderful Town , HD to 35mm, 85 minutes,
2007 Bean Pole New Current Awards, Pusan International Film Festival

Boy Genius 3: I Love U, DV, 25 minutes,
2007 (currently in pre-production)

WONDERFUL TOWN Details:

Synopsis:

Takua Pa is a small town in the South of Thailand. It is a town of sadness. Ever since the tsunami, people have lost their jobs. There is nothing to do every day. Young people ride motorcycles, play snooker, and get drunk. Old people play checkers, and complain, and remember better times in the past.

One day a stranger comes to town. His name is Ton. He is a salesman.
He rents a room in a small hotel owned by Na, the town daughter. They begin to have a secret love affair. The town finds out about it. The town is bored and angry. And now they have found an enemy, a person they can destroy.

Wit is Nas younger brother. He is the town gang leader. He loves his sister. He is the one that will lead the town to destroy this stranger. Like a child who kills his pet, he doesnt understand why he feels such things. All he knows is that he cannot bear to see another persons happiness.

This film is about a love that grows where there is no more love, like a flower that grows in the dirt. And about a town that tries to destroy the beauty that it cannot have for itself. Can a town be wonderful again?

Director's statement


Wonderful Town was inspired by the town of Takua Pa in the south of Thailand. It is the real town where the 2004 tsunami hit the hardest and 8,000 people were lost. But when I went to visit the town in 2006, there was a strange feeling. The town is very peaceful and beautiful. All the reminders of the tsunami have been cleared away, as if the people try to throw the memory as far away as possible. The roads are clean, the houses are rebuilt, the coconut trees sway in the breeze like always it is surprising to compare with the photos on the news and in the international magazines like Time and Newsweek from December 2004.

But even though the town looks like new, the people are still not new. It is easy to clean up the physical part, but the psychological part is much harder. I felt that the people are still walking around in a daze, like they just woke up and cant find their way home. The towns economy is still ruined and the whole place has a quiet kind of numbness to it. People sit around, not doing much. Young gangsters ride motorcycles in circles. Kids go to school and take swimming lessons. Its a strange sadness a town of sadness. So it was this atmosphere that I try to capture. Its my own way of making a tsunami movie.

   

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