Financially challenged Lynn is a math genius who leverages her brilliance to negotiate a full scholarship to an elite high school. Once in her new school, Lynn befriends the pretty and popular Grace, who has all the financial and social advantages that Lynn lacks yet she does not fare as well academically. Lynn decides to help Grace on a test by passing her the multiple-choice answers. In no time, Lynn is helping more and more students cheat in exchange for money.
Soon, Lynn has the opportunity to attempt the score of a lifetime—providing the answers in advance for a national entrance exam for U.S. universities. It’s going to take Lynn’s brainpower and her friends’ financial network, but if she and her friends can pull it off, they will end up baht millionaires. Only one person stands in their way—the equally brilliant, and just as financially dependent, Bank, who utterly despises cheaters.
Based on actual events, writer-director Nattawut Poonpiriya’s second feature manages to create a suspenseful thriller that’s even more nerve wracking than taking an all-in entrance exam. A box office hit in Thailand, the film’s masterful use of timing and it’s attention to detail will have you rooting for Lynn to pull off the greatest cheat in the country.
Chutimon “Aokbab” Chuengcharoensukying, Chanon Santinatornkul, Teeradon Supapunpinyo, Eisaya Hosuwan
Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya (in attendance)
Nattawut Poonpiriya นัฐวุฒิ พูนพิริยะ graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in stage directing from Srinakharinwirot University. After graduating, he worked mainly on television commercials for three years before moving to New York to study graphic design at the Pratt Institute. He returned to Thailand in 2011, and worked as a music video director before directing his first feature film, the horror thriller Countdown, in 2012. The film won three awards at the Thailand National Film Association Awards. Bad Genius is his second feature film.
New York Asian Film Festival 2017
Fantasia Film Festival 2017