Arnold Is a Model Student

a film by

Thailand, Singapore, France, the Netherlands, Phillipines / 85' / 08/2022 / fiction

Arnold is a clever student who has won many academic awards. One day, he meets Bee who runs an underground business helping students cheat on their exams. Bee asks Arnold to join his cheating ring and offers him a lot of money.
While Arnold considers working with Bee, many of his schoolmates, unhappy with their school’s disrespect of their freedom, organise a big protest.

“this quietly angry film humorously examines the country’s educational hypocrisies.”
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“this quietly angry film humorously examines the country’s educational hypocrisies.”
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Square Eyes - Busan

Sorayos Prapapan


Sorayos PRAPAPAN (b. 1986, Thailand) is an independent filmmaker. He has directed several short films which have won awards in his home country and have been screened at many international film festivals including Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand. His first feature film Arnold Is A Model Student was selected for the 2022 Locarno Film Festival.


Arnold Is a Model Student – 2022 – debut feature

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Director: Sorayos Prapapan
Screenplay: Sorayos Prapapan
Producer: Sorayos Prapapan, Donsaron Kovitvanitcha
Co-Producers: Anthony Chen, Tan Si En, Denis Vaslin, Jeremy Zelnik,
Armi Rae Cacanindin
Production company: Minimal Animal
Co-production company: Giraffe Pictures, Dibona Films, Volya Films, Cinematografica Films
Line producer: Cattleya Paosrijaroen, Soros Sukhum, Fleur Knopperts
Cinematographer: Lim Teck Siang
Sound Design: Jaim Sahuleka VCA
Editor: Carlo Francisco Manatad
Composer: Nattapong Pipattanasub, Supanut Decha-umphai
Production Designer: Rasiguet Sookkarn
Casting director: Soifa Saenkhamkon, Tippawan Narintorn
Cast: Korndanai Marc Dautzenberg, Winyu Wongsurawat


1. Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland (3 – 13 August, 2022)
Concorso Cineasti Del Presente


Press materials

EPK: Click here

Stills, poster & director’s photo: Click here

Dialogue list English: Click here

Trailer: Click here

Excerpts: coming soon

Press quotes

“One of the more unlikely films to emerge from this year’s Locarno is the Thai debut Arnold Is a Model Student”
“but in Model Student those ideas feel subtly baked-in, never explicitly explained but always clear. As the film keeps you on your toes, attuned to the wider politics, subtexts become sharper.”
Review – Rory O’Connor – The Film Stage

“this quietly angry film humorously examines the country’s educational hypocrisies”
Review – John Bleasdale – BFI Sight and Sound

Interview: ‘Arnold Is a Model Student’: Sorayos Prapapan’s Debut, Inspired in Part by Thailand’s Bad Student Movement – Srikanth Srinivasan & Andrew Northrop – Variety