16th NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL: Viola Manuela Ceccarini Sits-down with the cast of the movie BAD GENIUS

Audio interview and Pictures by Viola Manuela Ceccarini

Actress Chuengcharoensukying, Actor Chanon Santinatornkul and Director Nattawut Poornpiriya were present at the screening of the film, so I set with them for an exclusive interview that you can listen here:

This year I covered the opening of the 16th New York Asian Film Festival (June 30 to July 13), co-presented by Film Society of Lincoln Centre.

***The Film Society of Lincoln Center celebrates American and international cinema, to recognize and support new filmmakers, and to enhance awareness, accessibility and understanding of the art among a broad and diverse film going audience.***

The Fesitval has selected 21 years old Chutimon “Aokbab” Chuengcharoensukying as the recipient of the Screen International Rising Star Asia award.

Previous recipients of the Rising Star Asia Award were Japan’s Fumi Nikaido in 2014Japan’s Shota Sometani in 2015, and Japan’s Go Ayano, China’s Jelly Lin, and the Philippines’ Teri Malvar in 2016.

It’s the first time the award, in its fourth year, has gone to a Thai actor, leaving everyone speechless, considering that Bad Genius is also Chuengcharoensukying’s first film.

“She was born to be a star” the festival’s executive director Samuel Jamier praised her performance in a “demanding role”.

“Bank” is the name of the character played by the young actor Chanon Santinatornkul, an equally mysterious and controversial role… another straight-A student who not only steals Lynn(Aokbab) thunder at a national quiz, but also competes with her for a coveted college scholarship in Singapore.

Chan told us how he started his acting career and how he got discovered.


She has won the accolade for her remarkable portrayal of a brilliant high-school student who benefits from her cheating skills in the suspense thriller Bad Genius. 

Directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya; the movie has been the top Thai box-office performer since it was released in the first week of May.

Nattawut Poonpiriya, director of Bad Genius, added: “For solving the great demands of portraying Lynn’s character, Aokbab proved herself the correct answer for this film. Her great skill as an actress is to show that ‘less is more’: how she expressed her character’s choices through her eyes, her gestures and her movements made me a believer that this girl has the brains, the guts, and the ability to control and handle every step of the game without having to rely on anybody else.”

Will be presented with the award before a screening of the film, which is Thailand’s biggest local hit of 2017.

Viola Manuela Ceccarini