Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Thailand digs up The Tin Mine for Oscars

Thailand has chosen The Tin Mine as its Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, according to Screen Daily. Variety has it, too. And Kung Fu Cult Cinema also has it from Screen Daily.

Though hardly anybody saw it, The Tin Mine is one of the year's best films from Thailand. It was released in Thailand on May 26 to a lukewarm audience reception. It wasn't an action film, a comedy or a ghost drama so local audiences didn't know what to make of this lush bit of nostalgia. Hopefully, it'll do better on the festival circuit. It's among 10 Thai films at the Pusan International Film Festival.

The sophomore film from Mekhong Full Moon Party director Jira Malikool,
The Tin Mine is based on the experiences of writer Arjin Panjapak who went to work at the titular mine in the 1950s after flunking out of college. At the mine, working for a hard-driving foreign boss, he started his education over, learning life lessons at the college of hard knocks.

(Thanks Sebu! Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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