After studying in the US, Ananda returns to his homeland Thailand, where he tries his luck as a film actor. When his friend and co-student Zoe visits him, the two perceive their togetherness as strange. When Zoe leaves, the production assistant May enters Ananda’s life. Aditya Assarat’s film is a stream of fleeting moments, encounters, and atmospheres. He follows his protagonists to the province, to the film set, to anonymous hotel rooms and to the Thai capital. He shows a world between languages, cultures, classes, between the film family and the production business. He seeks what is binding in that which is non-binding. Like when Ananda’s American friend Zoe and a hotel employee take a trip through the countryside, which is still marked by the tsunami. People come closer together by understanding how far apart they are. When Ananda looks at Bangkok he searches for the place of his childhood but sees a city to which he does not feel connected. Hi-So is a film about drifters, seekers of happiness and globetrotters. Here, the search for belonging becomes an atmospheric reflection and snapshot of today’s Thailand. –Berlinale
Aditya Assarat (Thai: อาทิตย์ อัสสรัตน์, born 1972) is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, producer and cinematographer.
Aditya Assarat was born in Bangkok. He left Thailand at the age of 15 to be educated in the United States. He studied history at New York University, and it was during that time that he became interested in filmmaking. He went on to earn a master’s degree in film production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 2000.
His graduate thesis film, the 15-minute short, Motorcycle was about a father grieving over the loss of his son in a motorcycle wreck. It was screened at dozens of film festivals, including the Chicago International Film Festival, where it won a Gold Hugo award, the San Francisco International Film Festival, where it won a Golden Gate Award, Aspen Shortsfest, where it was named best short film, and the Shorts International Film Festival in New York City, where it was also named best short film… read more