Third and last feature film of 2012/13 Biennale College – Cinema to screen at the 70. Venice International Film Festival, Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy is better known as “the movie about Twitter”, even if this is just a part of the project. Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy is the second film directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (36) and is produced by Aditya Assarat (Wonderful Town). Here’s the synopsis:
Mary is a senior in high school. With graduation a few months away, she is faced with sudden changes in life, love, and friendship. Meanwhile, strange events begin to happen to her that seem completely random and without reason. She struggles to make sense of her life as it threatens to spin out of control. The narrative of an uncontrollable life derives from the artistic concept of the project, which is to adapt a Twitter stream into a fictional film. The director uses 410 real Tweets from an anonymous girl as a springboard to create a fantasy world of a contemporary Asian teenager.
This film is an experiment to find a new way to tell a story. Being a professional script writer, I’m used to being in control. But adapting the Twitter stream of someone I’ve never met into a film, the challenge was to take a series of random, often meaningless daily events and form them into a coherent narrative. I chose a section of 410 consecutive Tweets. I used all of them as they were written, without skipping any nor changing their order. This forced me to find a structure that could accommodate randomness, and ultimately incorporate that as the theme of a teenager’s life as she faces changes outside of her control. I think the result comments on the unpredictable nature of daily life in the contemporary world.
- Tuesday September 3rd, 9.00am, Sala Pasinetti (Industry only)
- Thursday September 5th, 7.45pm, Sala Perla 2
- Saturday September 7th, 4.00pm, Sala Casinò
We remind you that Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy is also part of the program of the Web Theatre: it will be available for viewing around the world in streaming concurrently with the official screening on the Lido today. Further info here.