Director: Pen-ek Ratanaruang
Thailand, 1999, 115 min
WINNER: Best Narrative Feature
Crew:Cinematographer: Chankit Chamnivikapong - Editor: Patamanadda Yukol - Sound: Amornpong Methakunawut -Production Design: Saksiri Chantarangsri - Casting: Sukhumaporn Suthisrisilp- Costume: Sombasara Theerasaroj - Animation: Thamrong Priyakanit - Executive Producer: Charoen Aiempeungporn - Producer: Pen-ek Ratanaruang Cunsultant: Kobsuk Charuchinda
Sales:The Film Factory, 95 Sukhumwit 99, Bangkok 10250
Tum is a secretary in a finance company. The ailing economy forces the company to lay-off some of its staff, and Tum happens to be one of them. The morning after, Tum, still shocked and depressed, finds a box of instant noodles in front of her apartment. She takes the box inside, but before she can decide what to do with it, there is a knock on her door. Two thugs from a Thai-boxing camp ask her if she has seen the noodle box. Out of fear, she tells them she hasn't. They don't believe her, and force their way into her flat, only to be killed, accidentally, by Tum. Tum decides to get rid of their bodies, get a plane ticket, get a fake passport and visa made, take the noodle box with her and go spend the rest of her life somewhere else. What if the man who makes fake passports turns out to be the owner of the noodle box? What if a neighbour, who believes Tum stole her lover, is planning a sordid revenge? And what if, on that very same day, Tum's closest friend also sees her sweet love affair burst just like the economic bubble? This strange coincidence coupled with the mysterious disappearance of the two thugs and the noodle box sets off a chain of events which quickly get out of everyone's control.
About the director
Director Pen-ek Ratanaruang was born in Bangkok. He spent 1977-1985 in New York City, where he studied at Pratt Institute. Pen-ek returned to Thailand and worked in advertising. He made his first feature film, Fun Bar Karaoke, in 1997. The film was shown in Berlin. 6ixtynin9 is Pen-ek's second film. Fun Bar Karaoke, 1997.