The homosexual romantic crime drama Bangkok Love Story is playing at the 22nd London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
Winner of the best script award at this year's Subhanahongsa Awards, writer-director Poj Arnon's film is about a hitman tasked with assassinating a police informant. Instead, the shooter and the would-be victim shoot it out together and spend a couple of weeks lounging around on a Bangkok rooftop in their underwear and making love in the rain while the skytrain whizzes by. A subplot involving the hitman's HIV-positive brother deals with public perceptions of AIDS.
The film won the Grand Award at the 34th Brussels International Independent Film Festival, has played theatrically in Singapore. TLA Releasing has acquired it for North America, which will mean more festival appearances and/or limited runs and probably an eventual Region 1 DVD release.