This Area is Under Quarantine (2008)
This Area is Under Quarantine / บริเวณนี้อยู่ภายใต้การกักกัน (2008)
2009 The 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2009 The 24th edition of the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Italy
2009 The 13rd Queer Lisboa, Portugal
2009 The 4th PornFilmFestival, Berlin, Germany
2009 Best 0f CineAsia Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009 The 1st Asian Queer Film & Video Festival, Tokyo-Osaka,Japan
It doesn't look spectacular at first. Two boys each talk separately about their experiences. In the end also on the sexual level. In the end they are also in the room together. In the end they don't leave it at talking. Remember that homosexuality on film is banned in Thailand and so this film maker has been very daring.
Europeans on sex holidays to Thailand and transvestites who work in tourist areas may give a different impression, but this country is far from liberal in regard to homosexuality. A candid film maker like Thunska Pansittivorakul is therefore sure to come into contact with censorship sooner or later. So anyone who wonders why the two kids in this film keep their pants on right up to the end now knows the answer.
That doesn't mean that Pansittivorakul is prudish or cautious. You can only call him courageous and maybe even a little obsessed. Sex, gay sex, is his major theme and he has talked plenty of boys out of their clothes for his films.
And he has a very outspoken opinion about other things. The film pointedly tackles several Thai political incidents. These subjects may not be hot off the press, because it took the maker three years to complete the film after it was shot.
The documentary film shows two boys in a hotel room. First they are questioned individually. The first is a Moslem boy from the South. He is asked about politically and personally sensitive issues. He is then followed by a Buddhist boy from the North. Then they are observed chatting together and finally making love. Pansittivorakul's short film film 'Action!' is also being screened at this festival. (GjZ)
Director Thunska Pansittivorakul
Producer Thunska Pansittivorakul
Cast Sathit Sobree, Pradit Pradinan
Photography Thunska Pansittivorakul
Editor Thunska Pansittivorakul
Production design Thunska Pansittivorakul
Sound design Thunska Pansittivorakul
Music Yokee Playboy, Photo Sticker Machine