How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

This beautiful drama is the Thai entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 88th Academy Awards, and is straight from the Berlin International Film Festival. How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), the first feature length film by Josh Kim (Draft Day, MGFF 2014), explores issues of identity, corruption, and the ties of family, with subtlety and quiet poignancy.

As 11-year-old Oat worries about losing his openly gay brother Ek to the army draft, his future seems uncertain. When his brother refuses to listen, Oat takes matters into his own hands with help from Ek’s boyfriend, the upper class Jai.

Ingkarat Damrongsakkul is endearing and believable as the wide-eyed, inquisitive Oat. Thira Chutikul and Arthur Navarat are touching as young boyfriends Ek and Jai, brushing the surface of a question of love and class.

How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) explores gay identity in Thailand, where homosexuality was decriminalised in 1956 and LGBTIQ people are generally accepted. It also delves into issues of institutional corruption in Thailand, and the politics of war. However, most important and striking, is the authentic portrayal of Oat’s growing awareness of the world, sexuality, and himself.

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"How To Win At Checkers (Every Time) signals the arrival of a talented and observant artist making killer moves in coaxing the best out of his material and his actors." - Hollywood Reporter

"Kim makes it all look so effortless and natural, and his film's bittersweet climax will stay with you." - San Francisco Chronicle

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Directed by Alejandro Monreal Landete

Spain; Spanish with English subtitles
8 minutes

Two friends return home from a night out at a costume party dressed as the Tin Man and Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz.




Presented with ACON Asian Gay Men’s Project

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Classification: 15+
Runtime: 80 mins
Year: 2015
Director: Josh Kim
Country: Thailand, Hong Kong, USA, Indonesia
Language: Thai, English
Cast: Toni Rakkaen, Thira Chutikul, Arthur Navarat, Natarat Lakha
Awards: Audience Award for Favorite Narrative Feature LAAPFF 2015 | Best International Feature Filmout San Diego LGBT FF 2015 | Best International First Feature Toronto Inside Out LGBT FF 2015 | Best Narrative Feature Long Beach QFilm Festival 2015 | Offical Selection Berlin Film Festival 2015
Company Credits: World Sales: m-appeal
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