Pen-ek Ratanaruang is submitting a project to the Pusan Promotion Plan, which is run in conjunction with Pusan International Film Festival.
The working title is Ploy, and from the looks of the synopsis from the website, it looks to be a madcap black comedy that will be similar in tone to his 6ixtynin9.
The death of a relative brings Wit and Dang back to Bangkok from America for the first time in seven years. When they arrive at the hotel in the early morning hours, Wit goes down to the lobby to buy some cigarettes. When unpacking their luggage, Dang, his wife, accidentally discovers a small paper with a mobile number of a woman named Oye. Though Wit has never been unfaithful during their seven years of marriage, she feels strange. Meanwhile down in the lobby Wit meets Ploy, a girl waiting for her mother to arrive from Stockholm later that day. He invites her to rest in their room. Up in the room Wit explains to his wife and on the surface Dang does her best to appear hospitable. But Wit soon realizes that he’s made a big mistake…This is how the little tale of love and jealousy begins. It starts with subtle suspicions and builds up to hilarious jealousy, as the appearance of the young woman triggers the couple to suddenly realize how they had grown apart in their seven-year marriage, before reaching a devastating climax. In the final act, the couple is faced with the choice of going separate ways or turns around and embraces each other for a new beginning.
It doesn't say who is writing the screenplay - whether it's Pen-ek - but his producing partner is ML Mingmakol Sonakul.
The PPP has been kind to Thai filmmakers in the past. Just last year Thunska Pansittivorakul and Sompot Chidgasornpongse split a $20,000 award with some Korean filmmakers for their project, Heartbreak Pavilion. Nonzee Nimibutr received some dough for something called Jon Salad Andaman, which became Queens of Pattani which has become Queens of Langkasuka, the historical pirate fantasy epic he is filming now.
And Apichatpong Weerasethakul was awarded some funds at one time for a project that is still in development. Not sure which one that is, though.
(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)