How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)
Dir: Josh Kim
Cast: Thira Chutikul, Ingarat Damrongsakkul Thailand\United States\Indonesia
80 minutes, Thai with English and Hebrew subtitles
Berlin International Film Festival 2015 – World premiere
Winner of BEST INTERNATIONAL FIRST FEATURE FILM award – Toronto Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
After both their parents die, 11-year-old Oat, his little sister and his older brother Ek move in with their aunt. Ek works in a bar for male prostitutes and transgenders. His relationship with Jai, the son of rich parents, began when he was still at school. Their uneven love for one another is put to the test when the day of the annual conscription arrives; this is when a lottery decides who must do military service and who can stay at home.
“How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)”, is an exciting cinematic work on young people living in the country ruled by greed, corruption and false ideals. The plot is told from the perspective of the young Oat not yet fully understand the world in which he lives, which gives the film a unique dimension and a fresh look at the nature of love.