Campy, acerbic and somber, Thai director Sukkhapisit’s debut feature, Insects in the Backyard, tells the story of a kathoey widow (played by Sukkhapisit) raising her teenage son and daughter while all three come to terms with their sexuality. The film became an object of controversy last year when Thailand’s board of censors banned it from commercial release due to its taboo subject matter and explicit sex scenes.
“Tanwarin finds the roots of family dysfunction in Thai attitudes to sexuality and prostitution, but his sense of framing, colour and pace gives the film larger resonances. Universal ones, in fact.”
– Tony Rayns, Vancouver International Film Festival