Concrete Clouds, Lee Chatametikool’s directorial debut, is set during the Asian financial crisis of 1997 that slowed down Bangkok’s urban growth and development. “For the first time I could remember, the streets were clean and empty. Skeletons of unfinished buildings dotted the skyline. They stood like monuments to the glorious economic boom. I wanted to make a film about that”, admits Chatametikool.
The film revolves around two brothers, Mutt and Nic. After their father commits suicide due to financial issues, Mutt leaves his job as a trader in New York and goes to Bangkok to reunite with his brother.
Nic falls for Poupee, a girl that lives with her prostitute sister in the neighborhood. While Nic pursues this relationship, Mutt also reconnects with Sai, his previous girlfriend before heading to New York.
Chatametikool, who also wrote the script, addresses the feeling of a country’s entire generation, which himself is a part of, making the characters extremely approachable. He also uses music video clips in karaoke-style and scenes from the past to narrate the inner thoughts of each character, making the viewing experience fresh and interesting. The feeling of struggle between past and present while finding an emotionally common ground of connection between characters make us excited to see what the upcoming work of this director will be.