Thursday, May 6, 2004

Last Life, OK Baytong, the Tessaract at Seattle film fest

For days I've been trying to access the Seattle International Film Festival site to see if any Thai movies are playing, but I haven't figured out how to access the program.

No matter. Some people on the Rotten Tomatoes Critics' Discussion forum have.

Anyway, according to the thread, Pen-Ek Ratanruang's Last Life in the Universe and Nonzee Nimibutr's OK Baytong will be shown at the festival.

Also, Oxide Pang's adaptation of the Alex Garland crime novel, The Tessaract, will be shown. Though filmed in Bangkok, The Tessaract hasn't even been seen in Thailand, for reasons unknown to me. Interest in the film has picked up. But it seems the Thai distributors had reason to shy away from it, writes Sam Adams of the Philadelphia City Paper. He had occasion to see The Tessaract at the recent Philadelphia Film Festival:

Lame attempt at an existential non-genre thriller by director Oxide Pang (The Eye, Bangkok Dangerous), filming in English for the first time. Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Saskia Reeves are foreigners doing time in a Bangkok flophouse: He, a drug dealer waiting on a deal; she, a budding filmmaker interviewing street children. The plot twists desperately but only ties itself in knots, and the practically arbitrary insertion of gunplay indicates that Pang isn't yet ready to make the leap.

Hey, that's only one review. I'm still interested in checking it out.

In addition for Seattle festgoers, cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Last Life, Hero, In the Mood for Love, et. al.) will be on hand to give a master class. An appearance by Pen-ek is being mentioned as well.

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