Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Wonderful Town 2007

Directed by Aditya Assarat

A love affair is at the centre of this haunting picture of life in a Thai coastal village after the tsunami. "A quiet, beautiful film... laden with tenderness." — indieWIRE

Thailand In Thai with English subtitles
92 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay


Umpornpol Yugala


Lee Chatametikool


Zai Kuning
Koichi Shimizu


Anchalee Saisoontorn
Supphasit Kansen


Pusan 2007; Rotterdam, Berlin, Sydney 2008


Tiger Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2008


A cautious love affair, caught between trauma in the recent past and hope for the future, is at the centre of this haunting picture of life after the 2004 tsunami. Ton, a young Bangkok architect, is in a small town in the south of Thailand to supervise the construction of a beach resort ravaged by the disaster. Na, the pretty, guarded proprietor of the hotel, stirs his attention and he hers. But can anyone in this town be in the mood for love? This is a film of finely measured atmospheres: the ghostly tranquillity of the new, unpopulated town; the slow rebuilding of the beach; the hushed ebb and flow of the tides; the glimmering sea; the breeze in the coconut trees; the listlessness of the few surviving locals, dependent for their livelihoods on non-existent tourists. This supremely assured debut has made Aditya Assarat the year's most honoured new Asian director. — BG