Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Ekachai to be knighted by Italy

Director Ekachai Uekrongtham has received many honors over the years, and next month he'll get another from the Italian government, which will decorate him with an order of merit.

The theater and film director will receive the Cavaliere dell’Ordine della Stella Solidarieta’ Italiana on May 6 at Rome’s embassy in Bangkok. The ranking is the third-class (knight) Star of Italian Solidarity, which is given to foreigners.

The honor is thanks for helping Italy’s cinema industry as an active participant in film festivals there, according to an item by Soopsip in today's Daily Xpress.

Ekachai made a big splash with 2003's Beautiful Boxer, a biopic of the transgender Muay Thai fighter Nong Toom. In Italy, Beautiful Boxer won the best film prizes at the Milan International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and the Torino International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 2004.

And Ekachai has been a fixture at the gala-opening parties for the Italian Film Festival in Bangkok.

Aside from Beautiful Boxer, his Singapore red-light-district docudrama Pleasure Factory and last year's horror thriller The Coffin (including a director's cut), Ekachai's most recent work is the hit Singaporean romantic comedy, The Wedding Game.

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