Directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya
Best Director, 2017 Fantasia Film Festival
Audience Award, 2017 Fukuoka International Film Festival
Opening Night Film, 2017 New York Asian Film Festival
In a society where test-taking is a ritual of traumatic and life-altering proportions, two of the smartest teenagers in Thailand are taking the test experience into their own hands.
Lynn dreams of leaving Thailand to study abroad. She’s got the grades but not the finances. When she’s accepted into a prestigious high school, she scrambles to find a way to pay the steep tuition. After her not-so-bright classmates come to her for test answers, Lynn and the gang of rich kids form an impressive and profitable cheating empire of ingenious techniques for moving the correct answers from Lynn’s brain onto the scantrons of her paying customers. For her biggest caper, she will tackle the internationally-distributed STIC exam, but the biggest challenge isn’t jumping time zones or zapping answers across borders, it’s recruiting her biggest rival, the school’s Mr. Honest, the unflappable Bank.
Armed with two plane tickets to Australia, an amazing repertoire of piano key strokes, and a knack for getting into the nurse’s office, BAD GENIUS turns nerd status into renegade credentials. With lots of humor and the devious joys of a heist film, director Nattawut Poonpiriya delivers vengeance against the tortures of standardized testing and the walls of class rigidity. –Aleya Zenieris
Co-Presented by: Union Bank Aspire, The Magnificent Swarm of Young Film Fans at Barnard Elementary, Riverview, and PB Middle (The Magnificent Swarm)