BY THE SEASHORE
a film by Patiparn Boontarig
2023, 93 minutes, Thailand, 1.85, Color, 5.1 Sound, in
Thai and Southern Thai with English subtitles
Two Awards in Busan!
LG OLED New Currents Award
We aimed to find a film embodying the primary
significance of this award, which is a new vision. Each
director provided unique answers, and our hearts were
moved as we watched Solids by the Seashore.
Solids by the Seashore presents a variety of themes
spanning between human and human, and human and nature,
with a clear attitude in a flexible manner. Through
images, it delicately connects not only human and nature
but also the flow of time, tradition and change, the
microscopic and the macroscopic, inviting one to imagine
an uncertain future.
Southern Thai town. On a once-sandy beach eroded by high
tides and now replaced by artificial rock sea walls, two
young women meet. Shati is a local Muslim woman from a
conservative family. Fon is an activist-turned-visual
artist, in town for the her new art exhibition. The deeper
they get to know each other, the bigger Shati’s internal
conflict with her traditional roots - that forbids same-sex
relationship - becomes. Caught between fear and desire, she
is reminded of the old cautionary tales from her childhood
told by her late and beloved grandmother.
During Shati’s pivotal moment, on Fon’s last night in town,
the strange otherworldly occurrences in the tales of Shati’s
grandmother gradually start to happen. A storm is brewing.
Whether it’s all a dream or not, Shati is making a decision
to forge a path for herself, and comes to terms with who she