The Thai language coming-of-age drama ‘How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)’ has been playing all the major festivals this year, including Sundance and Frameline, and has been on my 2015 must-see list.
In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the annual military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption, while drawing red results in two years of military service.
On the morning of his draft lottery, Oat reflects back on his childhood — when as a child, his older brother Ek faced the possibility of being drafted himself. Unable to convince Ek to do whatever he can to change his fate, young Oat takes matters into his own hands, resulting in unexpected circumstances.
Based on the short stories “At the Café Lovely” and “Draft Day” from the U.S. bestselling book Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap, How to Win at Checkers (Every Time) is director Josh Kim’s debut feature film.
Enjoy the trailer and check out the list below to see where ‘How To Win At Checkers (Everytime)’ is screening in September.
Polari Film Festival. (September 10 – 13). Austin, Texas. agliff.org
Long Beach Q Film Festival. (September 10 – 13). Long Beach, California. qfilmslongbeach.com
Reeling: The Chicago LGBT International Film Festival. (September 17 – 24). Chicago, Illinois. reelingfilmfestival.org