The Blue Hour

Anucha Boonyawatana
96 min

Barbican Centre

23 May



The blue hour is the time between day and night, the realm between dream and reality, the space between good and evil. Inspired by a true story, the film is about the relationship between Tam, a young gay loner, and Phum, a mysterious guy he meets on the internet. Tam is constantly bullied by classmates at school and faces multiple pressures at home. One day, he arranges to meet Phum at an abandoned swimming pool, where they have sex and begin a passionate relationship. But events soon take a violent, hallucinatory turn, as Tam commences a disturbing journey of self-discovery. Anucha Boonyawatana’s feature debut moves deftly between genres including Boy Love, family drama, and horror, gradually evolving into a nightmarish vision of repressed sexuality and desire.
This screening is followed by an in-person Q&A with the director Anucha Boonyawatana.

Anucha Boonyawatana

Born in Nakhon Phanom in 1981, Anucha Boonyawatana is a Thai independent director and the founder of G-Motif Production, one of the largest production companies in Thailand. Anucha’s thesis film Down the River won the Young Thai Artist Award. Her other films have competed in various festivals including at the Berlinale in the Shorts and Panorama programmes, and have won awards at the Busan IFF, Singapore IFF, and Golden Horse awards.