Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy

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Thailand / 125 mins / Venice 2013

Directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit / Pop Pictures

Synopsis

Mary is a senior in high school. With graduation a few months away, she is faced with
sudden changes in life, love, and friendship. Meanwhile, strange events begin to happen to
her that seem completely random and without reason. She struggles to make sense of her life
as it threatens to spin out of control. The narrative of an uncontrollable life derives from the
artistic concept of the project, which is to adapt a Twitter stream into a fictional film. The
director uses 410 real Tweets from an anonymous girl as a springboard to create a fantasy
world of a contemporary Asian teenager.

Director’s Statement

This film is an experiment to find a new way to tell a story. Being a professional script
writer, I’m used to being in control. But adapting the Twitter stream of someone I’ve never
met into a film, the challenge was to take a series of random, often meaningless daily events
and form them into a coherent narrative. I chose a section of 410 consecutive Tweets. I used
all of them as they were written, without skipping any nor changing their order. This forced
me to find a structure that cound accommodate randomness and ultimately, incorporate that
as the theme of a teenager’s life as she faces changes outside of her control. I think the result
comments on the unpredictable nature of daily life in the contemporary world.

Director’s Biography

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (04/02/84) taught himself to make short films while still a
university student. His feature film 36 won the New Currents Award at Busan Film Festival
2012. He is also a professional script writer. His credits include Bangkok Traffic Love Story,
the biggest box office hit of 2009. Finally, he is a published author exploring contemporary
youth subcultures.