Friday, August 15, 2008
Coffin selected for competition in Goa; Muay Thai Chaiya, First Flight and Chocolate also screening
Ekachai Uekrongtham's The Coffin -- opening next week in Thailand -- has been selected for the competition at the International Film Festival of India, which runs from November 22 to December 2 in Goa.
Three other Thai films have also been selected for the festival: Muay Thai Chaiya, First Flight and Chocolate.
All the films will be making their Indian premieres, says Bangkok-based film maven Lekha Shankar, who says she's helping to program the package of Thai films.
The competition has a total purse of US$175,000.
Ekachai's Beautiful Boxer was a winner of the festival's second-place Silver Peacock in 2004.
Another Thai winner at Goa was Pongpat Wachirabunjong, who picked up a Silver Peacock for Most Promising Director at last year's fest for Me ... Myself. Lekha says she's hoping to add actor Pongpat's sophomore directorial effort Happy Birthday to the fest. It's due out in Thailand on October 23.
Organizers are hoping to see Coffin director Ekachai and star Ananda Everingham attend, as well Muay Thai Chaiya star Akara "Gof" Amarttayakul.