Sunday, September 4, 2005

Thai films at TIFF

A great lineup of Thai films at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

Among the three is Wisit Sasanatieng's colorful urban romantic comedy, Citizen Dog. If there was any film that came out last year in Thailand that deserves to be on the festival circuit, it's Citizen Dog. Go see it! Citizen Dog, by the way, also is playing at the Catalonian International Film Festival.

Speaking of colorful, there's Bangkok Loco, playing as part of Midnight Madness, which is the perfect place for this crazy tale of a battle between good and evil drummers.

Then there's Three Women, which I don't think has even been shown in Thailand yet. It's a beach romp featuring three Thai model-actress types Napakprapa "Mamee" Nakprasert, Penporn Poonsaem and Jitraporn Panit. It's co-directed by ML Mingmongkol Sonakul, a major force on the Thai indie film scene. She's produced Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Mysterious Object at Noon and Pimpaka Towira's One Night Husband and wrote, directed, financed and distributed the wonderfully experimental bus-bound drama, I-San Special.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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