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11 times GTH changed the Thai film industry forever

The Down

Directed by Wongthanong Chainarongsingha

This one wins our pick for most inspiring Thai film of the year. The documentary follows the lives of five Thai teenagers living with Down's Syndrome and reminded us of the value of living in the moment. Safe to say, it had us smiling along the way, while also secretly shedding a tear or two. Read our interview with the director here.


Directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit

We hadn't seen a Thai romantic comedy with such a deep, thought-provoking edge since... well, ever. Nawapol's follow up to the cult hit Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy got the balance between the mass/indie components just right, and made a cool B11.6 million on its opening day alone. When a freelance graphic designer overworks himself and has to seek medical help, he ends up falling in love with his doctor while still fighting to keep his body from breaking down. Not a bad way for GTH to call it quits.


Pee Chai My Hero: How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

Directed by Josh Kim

This controversial gay film telling the story of Oat, who looks back on his childhood with his brother on the morning of his own military draft day, stirred up rave reviews from Bangkok to Berlin. The film has been chosen to as Thailand's representative for the foreign-language category at the upcoming Oscars, and you might even find a pretty cool street artwork of it the next time you stroll down Sukhumvit Soi 36. Read our interview with the director here


Rak Ti Khon Kaen (Cemetery of Splendor) 

Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Very much in the style of his Palme d'Or-winning film Uncle Boonmee Who May Recall Past Lives, this story has everything you'd expect from a Apichatpong film: unconventional narratives, merging of past and present lives, de ja vu and unanswered questions that linger with you long after viewing. The movie captures the lives of soldiers in a countryside hospital suffering from an illness that leaves them in a state between nightmare and delirium. Sadly, this will be the director's last film set in Thailand—and he doesn’t want it to even screen here, fearing government reprisals. 



Directed by Rooth Tang

The debut feature film from this Thai-American director is definitely a love story of the modern age, following three couples across three cities during the time of important political events around the world. Dealing with issues of long distance relationships, cultural differences and being caught between two worlds, this movie delivers not only a relatable plot but some of the year's most beautiful cinematography. 


And one more we have high hopes for


Directed by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee

This one debuted at last month's World Film Festival of Bangkok, but only officially arrives in cinemas on Dec 31. The man behind some of our favorite films of the past two decades like Tang WongP-047 and Sayew makes his long-awaited return with a dramatic love story that we're expecting will hit us right in the feels. When two childhood friends, Pueng and Boy, unexpectedly return home to attend a mutual friend's wedding, they spend the weekend facing unresolved feelings from their past.