Sway

In Paris, a Hong Kong translator slips ever deeper into an uncertain relationship with a journalist who used to be a famous television actress in China. In Bangkok, a well-travelled and ambitious young man dreams of starting his own business, while his girlfriend, who has never left the city, discovers that she’s pregnant. In Los Angeles, the Caucasian second wife of a Japanese businessman fears for the future of her relationship as she senses her teenage stepdaughter’s growing animosity. Sway places these tales of people searching for intimacy and understanding against concurrent high-profile world events such as the re-election of Barack Obama, violent protests in Bangkok, and France’s intervention in Mali. The result is a compelling inversion of the micro and the macro: sometimes the world can be so small, while the space between two lovers is all but unbridgeable. [Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival]

Concrete Clouds

“The age of dejection.” This is how Director Lee Chatametikool remembers Thailand in 1997. Concrete Cloud is a film that tells us about the young men who survived an era of financial crisis. Mutt, who is working as a stockbroker in the United States, must suddenly return home when his father commits suicide. After the funeral, he runs into his old girlfriend, Sai. Meanwhile his younger brother Nic falls in love with Poupee, a schoolmate and neighbor. None of the relationships come easy, however. Each is harboring a secret and there is a big gap between dreams and reality. What links them together are memories—but memories alone cannot hold their relationships together in the face of harsh realities. As the characters in the film remember their pasts, the director ruminates on his own recollections of 1997, hence the scenes reminiscent of a ’90s music video. Overall, this film is really about time.

Hi-So

Ananda has returned home from abroad. Unsure of his career plans, he accepts an invitation to act in a new movie for a famous director. During the filming in a small seaside town, Zoe, his American girlfriend from University, arrives for a week-long visit. But the change of country takes its toll and she soon becomes frustrated with the situation. Meanwhile, Ananda meets another girl on the beach…