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Wandering

Mourning the disappearance of his wife and the death of his son, the man turns to the bottle to drown his sorrows, wandering aimlessly in a constant inebriated state. Upon an encounter with a solitary monk, the man begins a transformative journey where he is confronted with his desires and emotional baggage.

  • Boonsong Nakphoo
    Director
  • Boonsong Nakphoo
    Writer
  • Boonsong Nakphoo
    Producer
  • Yasaka Chaisorn
    Key Cast
  • Pra Kammatthan Pawattano
    Key Cast
  • Anchalee Chobtrong
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Thudongkawat
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    2 hours
  • Completion Date:
    June 30, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Thailand
  • Country of Filming:
    Thailand
  • Language:
    Thai
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Busan International Film Festival
    Busan
    Korea, Republic of
    October 10, 2016
    International Premiere
  • Singapore International Film Festival
    Singapore
    Singapore
    December 3, 2016
    Asian Premiere
Director Biography - Boonsong Nakphoo

Boonsong has extensive experience in all aspects of film making especially directing, writing and acting. He has successfully directed his 2nd independent feature film “FOUR STATIONS” which has awarded the Jury Prize from Deauville Asian Film Festival 2013.

Previously, he successfully directed his 2nd short film “GRANDFATHER AND GRANDSON” which won Best Short Film Awards from Thai Film Foundation and Bangkok Film Festival 1996. In the following year, “GOING HOME”, his 3rd short film, won Best Director Award from Bangkok Film Festival 1997. In 2013, his latest short film “FATE” won Pirabkhao Award and earned a special mention in Thai Short Film & Video Festival 2013. In 2014, his latest feature film “Village of Hope” won 2014 Thai Film of the Year Award from Bioscope magazine. In 2016, “Wandering” was officially selected for the Silver Screen Awards in Singapore International Film Festival 2016 and was officially selected for screening in Busan International Film Festival 2016 and Chennai International Film Festival 2016.

Born in a farmer’s family, Boonsong spent his 10-year childhood as a Buddhist novice. At present, he holds a bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts from Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University and a master’s degree in film and digital arts from Kasem Bundit University. Along his 20-year career, he has been working as a film writer, director, actor, visiting lecturer on drama courses, and film instructor. He has been producing numbers of stage plays and TV productions, feature films and short films. He has found an independent film studio, named “Plapen Film Studio”, to create independent films on regular basis. Most of his feature and short films tell the stories of low society people struggling against social inequalities.

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Director Statement

As a director, it is a challenging task to bring dharma to film without boring audiences. Moreover, it must not be a moral-lessons film. I have read books and interviewed people who know about forest monks, dhutangas, and dharma for months until I could make this film.
I was ordained as a novice for ten years during 1978-1988. I grew up in a temple, studied dharma and Pali language, strictly carried out novice’s habitual practice and meditated. The yellow robe was memorised deeply in my spirit. Although I have leaved the monkhood and lived normal life, I never forget the favour of food received. I always intend to show gratitude to Buddhism. This is my purpose of taking this film.