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70th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Alberto Barbera

28th August > 7th September 2013

Biennale College - Cinema

MARY IS HAPPY, MARY IS HAPPY - NAWAPOL THAMRONGRATTANARIT
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Synopsis
Mary is a senior in high school. With graduation a few months away, she is faced with sudden changes in life, love, and friendship. Meanwhile, strange events begin to happen to her that seem completely random and without reason. She struggles to make sense of her life as it threatens to spin out of control. The narrative of an uncontrollable life derives from the artistic concept of the project, which is to adapt a Twitter stream into a fictional film. The director uses 410 real Tweets from an anonymous girl as a springboard to create a fantasy world of a contemporary Asian teenager.
1 September 14:00 - Sala Perla 5 September 19:45 - Sala Perla 2 7 September 16:00 - Sala Casinò BIENNALE COLLEGE - CINEMA Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit - (Thailand), 125'
language: Thai - s/t English, Italian
Patcha Poonpiriya, Chonnikan Netjui
 
Director’s Statement
This film is an experiment to find a new way to tell a story. Being a professional script writer, I'm used to being in control. But adapting the Twitter stream of someone I've never met into a film, the challenge was to take a series of random, often meaningless daily events and form them into a coherent narrative. I chose a section of 410 consecutive Tweets. I used all of them as they were written, without skipping any nor changing their order. This forced me to find a structure that cound accommodate randomness and ultimately, incorporate that as the theme of a teenager’s life as she faces changes outside of her control. I think the result comments on the unpredictable nature of daily life in the contemporary world.

 
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