Sunday, September 3, 2006

Thai films in France

Sebu passes along word about a super selection of Thai films -- many of them very rare screenings -- for La Cinémathèque Française's Introduction to Thai Cinema series from September 20 to October 1.

Alongside more recent films like Art of the Devil 2, Beautiful Boxer and the Legend of Suriyothai are Ratana Pestonji's Black Silk, Pridi Banomyong's King of the White Elephant and Vichit Kounavudhi's Mountain People.

There's also Fun Bar Karaoke, Pen-ek Ratanaruang's debut feature, as well as Nonzee Nimibutr's Nang Nak.

Bhandi Rittakol has two films -- 2001's The Moonhunter and 1987's The Seed (Duay Klao), which has been remastered for a special release in Thailand next week to celebrate His Majesty the King's 60th anniversary of accession.

There will even be clips of the earliest Thai films, including King Chulalongkorn's visit to Bern, Switzerland -- the earliest recorded "Thai" film.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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