BAD GENIUS

Thailand

Official

“ASIAN CINERAMA” | OUT OF COMPETITION

Director: Nattawut Poonpiriya
Year: 2017
Duration: 130′
Language: Original Version – Catalan Subtitles
Genre : Drama

Synopsis

‘Lynn’, a straight-A student, gets the idea for her exam-cheating business after helping her friends, ‘Grace’ and ‘Pat’. Lynn’s business skyrockets as more students offer her cold cash in exchange for exam answers. One day, Lynn is offered the opportunity to make millions when Pat and Grace devise a plan for her to take the STIC, an international standardised test for students wanting to enrol in the world’s leading universities, which is taking place on the same date and time at locations worldwide. Their plan is for Lynn to fly to a country in a time zone that’s ahead of Thailand, and send the answers back to her customers. However, they need another genius scholar to help them, and the only person that fits the profile is ‘Bank’, Lynn’s scholarship-student rival who staunchly detests cheating of any kind. How bad will this genius become?

Director’s Biography

After graduating with MFA in stage directing, Nattawut Poonpiriya started off as an assistant director in an advertising agency and then as a director, directing a few TV commercials for 3 years. Then he went to New York to continue his education in graphic design at Pratt Institute. Nattawut spent 4 years in New York, studying and making several short films with his friends before he returned home in 2011. He started working as a music video director for many famous Thai artists before he made his feature film debut with a thriller, Countdown. Afterward, his passion in storytelling expands to more commercial area. Nattawut and his partners from New York launched their own production company SuperUber film, which aims at producing creative and stirring commercials. Nattawut’s works brings together both perspectives and experiences as Thai-New Yorkers in a unique combination, which is completely current yet, ultimately universal.

Festivals and Awards

2018: Suphannahong National Film Awards – Best Suuporting Actor – Best Screenplay – Best Cinematography – Best Film Editing – Best Director – Best Picture – Best Actor – Best Actress
2017: New York Asian Film Festival – Risin Star Award – Jury Award
2017: Fantasia International Film Festival – Cheval Noir – Best Director – Séquences Award – Best Film – Audience Award – Best Asian Feature – Most Innovate Feature Film
2017: Fukuoka International Film Festival – Audience Award
2017: Fantastic Festival – Best Picture – Thriller Features


SCREENING

Sunday 11th Nov

18:00h

CINEMES GIRONA