The Blue Hour

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Thailand | 2015 | 96 minutes | Anucha Boonyawatana

In this strange and haunting ghost story, a bullied gay teenager has a steamy tryst with a stranger he met on the internet, only to have the affair take on darker and more mysterious connotations.

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“Have you heard about people being hidden by spirits? They will hide people they want to take. You will never find someone they hide until that person dies.” This is not your ordinary coming-of-age, puppy dog romance; this is The Blue Hour, a strange and haunting ghost story with an LGBT twist, a muted color palette, and unrelenting sequences of dread punctuated by bursts of violence. Tam (Atthaphan Poonsawas) is a teenaged Thai boy, bullied at school and beaten at home for his perceived otherness, who meets a mysterious young man, Phum (Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang), on the internet, agreeing to meet up at a local abandoned pool for a steamy tryst. But after his strange new friend tells him of the spirits haunting the pool, Tam’s life slowly unravels—figures begin following him, corpses cry out from under the ravages of a garbage dump on land once owned by Phum’s family—until it’s unclear what is and isn’t real.

Director Biography
The Blue Hour is the debut feature film for director Anucha Boonyawatana. Born in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand in 1981, his works focus on themes of sexual identity. He has previously written and directed Down The River (2004), Love Audition (2008), and Erotic Fragments No. 1, 2, 3 (2012).

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  • Original Language Title: Onthakan
  • Director: Anucha Boonyawatana
  • Principal Cast: Atthaphan Poonsawas, Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang, Duangjai Hirunsri, Chaowalit Teangsap, Nithiroj Simkamtorn
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere
  • Country: Thailand
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 96 minutes
  • Producer: Donsaron Kovitvanitcha, Vijjapat Kojiw
  • Screenplay: Anucha Boonyawatana, Waasuthep Ketpetch
  • Cinematographers: Chaiyapreuk Chalermpornpanit, Kamolpan Ngiwtong
  • Editors: Anuphap Autta
  • Music: Chapavich Temnitikul
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: Thai
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • International Sales: Reel Suspects