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A Film by Itthisunthorn Wichailak .
|Inspired by the life of maestro Luang Pradith Phairao, the storied master of the ranard-ek - Thailand's traditional wooden xylophone. The Overture is a boldly conceived, stunningly beautiful story bursting with color, energy and music. Sorn, a spectacularly gifted musical prodigy, longs to compete in the ecstatic musical competitions pitting Thailand's late 19th century ranard-ek players against one another. But when rival musicians murder his older brother, SornÞs family forbids the young performer from ever playing again. Beseeching his parents to let him carry on for his fallen brother while surreptitiously studying on his own, Sorn fights to balance his all-consuming need to win with his responsibility to the traditions and loyalties he has promised to uphold. The Overture deftly braids parallel narratives, documenting Sorn's musical rebirth and coming of age in turn of the century Siam with his adult struggle against the Thai government's ban of the art he masters in post-WWII Bangkok. Though decades apart, Young Sorn's reckless ambition and Old SornÞs courageous resistance seamlessly combine into a single life in which arrogant youth becomes defiant maturity, and into a cinematic journey. Director Itthisoontorn Vichailak is bringing the cut-throat competition and seething ambitions behind the golden age of ThailandÞs native music traditions to vivid life. Dynamic, sentimental, heroic, earthy, triumphant, brawling and lyrical, The Overture is a victoriously entertaining saga and a passionate historical biography as exotic, engaging and nimbly performed as the music that drives it.|
"...skillfully creates emotional depth... Variety
"...lenses both city and country scenes with lush depth... San Francisco Bay Guardian
Editor's NoteLuang Pradit Pairoh was a folk hero to many citizens of Thailand during its mid-20th century occupation by Japan. He was a master of traditional Thai music, a genre that was banned by the government for being barbaric. This film follows him from his childhood through his inspiring career.
Cast & Crew
|Dolkamol Sattatip - Writer|
|Itthisunthorn Wichailak - Writer|
|Itthisunthorn Wichailak - Editor|
|Itthisunthorn Wichailak - Director|
|Nattawut Kittikhun - Cinematographer|
|Nick Chaiyapak - Original Music By|
|Nonzee Nimibutr - Executive Producer|
|Peerasak Saksiri - Writer|
|Pisamai Laodara - Producer|