Panita Chanrasmi

Writer | Director | Producer

Photo by Arseniy Grobovnikov

She’s mad, but she’s magic
there’s no lie in her fire
— Charles Bukowski

Panita Chanrasmi-Lefebvre is a Thai-French filmmaker. Born in Bangkok, Thailand and raised in Paris, France, it is through her unique life experiences and travels that she developed a taste for different cultures and for the arts, and through that, a passion for creative writing and filmmaking. Although starting off with cinematography, she grew to pursue a career in writing, directing and producing at the age of 20 in New York City.

Her dark and dreamy style comes from a desire to create films about dysfunctional relationships in societies that have no place for acceptance, explored through genres that range from sassy comedies to crude dramas, from campy sci-fi flicks to surreal psychological mind-fucks. "I tend to use light and romanticism to explore the raw, repressed darkness that co-exists in a character or a world, creating a sort of beautiful chaos, a contrast that exists in our reality."

Influenced and inspired by the works of Wim Wenders, David Lynch, Luc Besson, Gregory Crewdson, Emmanuel Lubezki, Tennessee Williams and Chuck Palahnuik (to name a few), she aspires to "make films that make people think - really think - about the world we live in and the world we've created, films that make people look long and hard in the mirror in the morning and want to slap themselves across the face and change something for the better". 

And no, she doesn't expect you to pronounce her name right.