Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Ratana Pestonji films at Pusan

Not long ago, I was wondering if I would ever get to see some films by the late, great Ratana Pestonji, cited by Tears of the Black Tiger's Wisit Sasanatieng as a major influence.

Now, it appears, I will need to book a flight to Korea, where four of his films will be shown at the Pusan International Film Festival, October 6 to 14, according to The Nation.

His 1958 film Sawan Mued (Dark Heaven) will screen in the Asian Pantheon with 30 classics from 17 countries. The Asian Auteur category will showcase three others: Rongraem Narok, or Country Hotel, from 1957, Phrae Dum (Black Silk) from 1961 and Numtaan Mai Waan (Sugar is not Sweet) from 1965.

His works will be shown alongside films by Iran’s Sohrab Shahid Saless and Teguh Karya from Indonesia. There will also be "little-known gems" from Kazakstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Syria and Mongolia.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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