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CINEMA DIVERSE 2018: The Invisible Hands 02
Soifa Saenkhamkon and Tippawan Narintorn : Casting Directors

Saturday 28 July 2018 at 17.00 - 20.30 hrs.
Auditorium, 5th floor

Girlhood (France / 2014)
Directed by Céline Sciamma

When thinking of Paris, many people might see it as the capital of art, French cuisine, and high fashion but in reality Paris also consists of rough neighborhoods with poor communities. “Girlhood” is a coming-of-age film that focuses on the life of a black all-girl gang amid the housing projects right outside of Paris who try to confront the harsh realities of modern life while struggling to get out of the big city’s poverty trap.

One of the most interesting aspects of the film and the main reason for it to be chosen for Cinema Diverse 2018: The Invisible Hands, is the largely non-professional cast who actually lives in the suburb of Paris (especially the main cast, Karidja Touré who was discovered by Sciamma at a market). This also turns out to be a very challenging task for the film director. "Their own limits. But that’s part of the deal. And you don’t want to steal anything from them. But that’s where the mise-en-scene has to step up - it’s my problem, not theirs. They had several big scenes of improv, but they were really receptive, really committed and really wanted to work."

Curated by
Soifa Saenkhamkon and Tippawan Narintorn

For those who are familiar with independent Thai cinema, Soifa Saenkhamkon and Tippawan Narintorn are the names which often credited as the casting directors.

Soifa was born in 1985. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts (Textile, Costume, Garment and Fashion Design), Thammasat University. She worked as a textile designer and was involved in several local and international art exhibitions before working as the casting director for Thai independent films.

Tippawan was born in 1986 and graduated from the Faculty of Mass Communication, Chiang Mai University. Tippawan started her film career as an assistant director before making name in the industry by working alongside Soifa as the casting directors. Her success is proven by many national and international awards received by the actors they cast.


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