Red Aninsri; or, Tiptoeing on the Still Trembling Berlin Wall
The queer espionage film made in the tradition of Cold-War-era Thai dubbed film. A ladyboy prostitute-cum-spy is assigned a mission to disguise as a cis-masculine gay to acquire important information from an idealistic student activist.
Ratchapoom Boonbuncahchoke is a Thai filmmaker of Teochew-Hainanese descent. Born, brought up and based in Bangkok. He graduated from the film department of Chulalongkorn University. Currently he works full-time as a scriptwriter for the studio, writing commercial features and television series. Apart from writing he also teaches film theory and scriptwriting in the universities and works as a film critic. Yet most importantly he has been nurturing his own project, a film series of varying length investigating the colonial history and postcolonial situation of Thailand. “A Useful Ghost”, the last film of the series, is his first feature that he’s developing the screenplay. The project won ‘Most Promising Project’ at Southeast Asian Film Lab in Singapore International Film Festival 2017, also participating in Open Doors Lab, the producer workshop in Locarno International Film Festival 2019. In 2020, Ratchapoom was selected to participate in Berlinale Talents program as part of Berlin International Film Festival. His short film “Red Aninsri; Or, Tiptoeing on the Still Trembling Berlin Wall” is selected to be in Pardi di Domani at Locarno 2020.