Saturday, January 28, 2006

ML Mingmongkol Sonakul's 3 Friends

In the runup to the Bangkok International Film Festival, ThaiDay is going all out to offer previews of upcoming films. Yesterday, Thailand's new English-language daily offered an interview with producer-director ML Mingmongkol Sonakul about her new film, 3 Friends, which is in the festival's Asean Competition.

The movie takes the concept of the fluffy videos featuring model-actresses in bikinis that are sold in convenience stores all over Thailand, and adds a twist of "Survivor", taking actress Napakapa "Mamee" Nakprasit and two attractive gal-pals and leaves them on an island.

It's not the first time Mingmongkol has offered a twist on a genre. She got a one-line idea from Apichatpong Weerasethakul and turned it into a feature film in 2002, I-San Special, which took the audio from an old Thai radio soap opera and had the passengers on a bus act out the dialogue. It was brilliant.

She's also making her name as a producer, for the upcoming Invisible Waves, the Shutter followup Alone, as well as The Tin Mine and One Night Husband.

3 Friends is co-directed by Aditya Assarat and Pumin Chinaradee.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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