A young soldier stationed in the troubled southern Thai region is on his annual leave to his village in northern Thailand. Upon his return, he finds out that his girlfriend has now settled down with a new Western lover. Blaming the situation on the military career he has chosen for himself, he starts to get angry with her and everyone around him. His sister reminds him that forgiveness is not as difficult as he imagines, but that it has to start from within.

Interview with Pimpaka Towira

What is your short film about?

The story is about a young soldier stationed in the troubled southern Thai region is on his annual leave to his hometown in Udorn Thani. Upon his return, he finds out that his girlfriend has settled with a new western lover in their village. He blames it on his chosen military career, and starts to get angry at her and everyone around him. But his sister reminds him that forgiveness is not a difficult thing to do, but it has to start from within.

What kind of approach to the story was important for you as a director?

I just want this story reflecting how I feel right now in Thailand where we are in a situation of severe conflict, and we need to be reconciled in many levels. But how we could overcome this wound since we’ve all felt deeply divided.

What is the financial background of the film? Was it easy to get it?

For this film I got financial support from the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture, Thailand. But normally, it’s not easy to get.

How was the shooting of the film? (A nice story?)

I really enjoyed the whole process of filmmaking since pre-production. I did scout the location on my own. I liked the time when I was driving around looking for this imaginative location. And I also love working with non- professional actors, we did a lot of improvisation on the set.

What do you expect from the Berlinale?
I’m very excited and hope the audience ’ll enjoy it.

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