Supernatural


 

เหนือธรรมชาติ Nua dhamma chat (2014)

109 minutes / 2014 /  Thailand-Germany-USA

Directed by Thunska Pansittivorakul

Screenplay by Thunska Pansittivorakul and Panu Trivej

Story by Panu Trivej, Thunska Pansittivorakul and Teepanun Petchsri

Produced by Jürgen Brüning, Thunska Pansittivorakul andWisawanon Numnual

Executive Producers Jürgen Brüning, Derek Curl and Andrew Chang

Production Company SLEEP OF REASON FILMS

Assistant Director Wisawanon Numnual

Production Designer Thunska Pansittivorakul

Directors of Photography Anupong Posuwan and Thitipong Kerdtongtawee

Sound Itdhi Phanmanee

Sound Editor Sarunyu Nurnsai

Music by Mase Charuamonchit

Editor Thunska Pansittivorakul

Visual Effects Supervisor Witcha Suyara

Costume Designer Panchana Soonthornpipit

Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Panchana Soonthornpipit

End Credit Stills Chulayarnon Siriphol

English Subtitles Sasapin Siriwanij

Subtitling by Alexandra Demetriou

Subtitling Assistance by Matthew Hunt

In Co-production with JÜRGEN BRÜNING FILMPRODUKTION

In Association with TLA RELEASING

CAST

Nophand Boonyai, Gandhi Anantagant, Baramee Jarinyatorn, Thana Sheanakul, Waranyoo Suwan, Khalid Midam, Sarut Komalittipong, Thanapol Virulhakul, Lapin Laosunthara, Songanun Kunhapo, Ratchanon Theppabutra, Artist Srinual

Festivals

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Queer Lisboa

Five Flavours Film Festival

Synopsis

Supernatural’s futuristic narrative takes place against a backdrop of the world in 100 years from now, and switches to the past lives of three characters who were reincarnated in three different periods of time. Chronologically, the story begins with three men discussing Karen myths on the Thai-Burmese border, and moves on to an unconventional family with strong traditional values and finally to a spaceship stuck between Mars and Jupiter. In all episodes, we can perceive the shadow of ‘The Leader,’ an unseen character with an overwhelming authority on all the other characters across every period of time.

Review

In a futurist world, the Thai kingdom has been transformed by ‘The Leader’ into ‘the Realm of people who have done good deeds and earned merits’. It’s a nice place to be, even though the inhabitants are plagued by an indefinable nostalgia. In the old days, people could at least touch each other. Although the Realm has reached version 2.0, technical possibilities remain limited.

This wondrous story of the future is interwoven with stories set in the present and past. According to Pansittivorakul, known for his independently-produced and taboo-breaking documentaries on homosexuality and politics, his first feature is science fiction, yet it is about today’s Thailand. For instance he criticises the need for religion and superstition.

But in the end, this very idiosyncratic, homo-erotically charged essay is above all about time: ‘Time influences everything. The past has to do with the present, and the present is linked to the future.’

Gertjan Zuilhof