Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Wraps come off Bangkok Int'l fest

The World Film Festival of Bangkok has just wrapped up its low-key affair, and its sexier, star-studded (and more amply funded) competitor, the Bangkok International Film Festival, is ready to get under way from January 26 to February 5.

Princess Ubolratana presided over a launch party on October 12 at L'Orangerie in Los Angeles. Variety has the story about this "private do", which was given for about 100 diners.

Guests included Nicolas Cage, evidently back from Bangkok where he survived the coup while filming the Bangkok Dangerous remake, Time to Kill, and Oliver Stone, who has a home in somewhere in the Land of Smiles.

Ray Harryhausen also was on hand, celebrating the restored version of Merian C. Cooper's She, which Harryhausen meticulously supervised the colorization. I'm wondering what the Thai connection could be, and I don't have to think too hard to come up with just two degrees of separation. Harryhausen worked with Cooper on Mighty Joe Young and Cooper worked in Thailand to make Chang back in the 1920s. Also, Cooper was a mentor for MC Chatrichalerm Yukol, when that Thai filmmaker was working in the US while attending UCLA.

The LA party is likely a preview of things to come at BKKIFF '07.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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