Irish Film Institute -EAFFI 2024: SOLIDS BY THE SEASHORE


Director: Patiparn Boontarig

93 mins, Thailand, 2023, Digital, Subtitled

This tender, atmospheric debut from Thai director Patiparn Boontarig, set in a coastal town in southern Thailand, uniquely tackles climate change, tradition, identity, and LGBT love. Shati, a Muslim from a conservative family, works at the local art gallery where she meets Fon, an activist-turned-visual artist from Bangkok. Immediately attracted to each other, this opens deep internal conflict for Shati, whose traditional roots forbid same-sex relationships. Fon sees things differently: ‘If we impose limitations on our lives, they end up eroding our own selves.’ This is like the ‘solids’ – the poorly built seawalls intended for coastal defence, but ultimately responsible for further soil erosion with beaches filled with sand from elsewhere, the sands unable to combine.

Winner: LG OLED New Currents Award & NETPAC Award. World Premiere, Busan International Film Festival, 2023.
The screening will be introduced by film critic Tara Brady (The Irish Times).

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Saturday 9th