Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Six premieres at Cannes Film Market

Although there's only one Thai film that's been officially selected for the Cannes Film Festival -- Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Nymph, playing in the Un Certain Regard competition -- there are several more making premieres of some kind in the Cannes Film Market.

Stephen Cremin, programmer of the Udine Far East Film Festival and correspondent for Screen International, has sent me the list. Here's the premieres listed:

  • Best of Times (Kwaam Jam San Dtae Rak Chan Yaao) by Yongyoot Thongkongtoon (GTH)
  • Meat Grinder by Tiwa Moeithaisong (Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand)
  • Nymph by Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Cannes Film Festival)
  • Power Kids by Krissanapong Rachata (Sahamongkol)
  • The Sanctuary by Thanapon Maliwan (Birch Tree Entertainment)
  • The Scout by Pleo Sirisuwan (Golden Network)

They could be "world", "international" or "European" (or maybe just "French") premieres, not that I put too much stock in the meaning of "premiere" anymore, especially when it concerns a market screening.

Other Thai films at the Cannes Film Market are:

  • Coming Soon (Program Na Winyarn Arkad) by Sophon Sakdaphisit (GTH)
  • Fireball by Thanakorn Pongsuwan (Golden Network)

GTH will also unveil a 20-minute clip of Haa Phrang or Phobia 2, which I think is a tentative English title. Surely the clever folks at GTH are going to come up with a new number-based pun like they did for See Phrang or 4Bia. And since Banjong Pisanthanakun is the only director credited, I'm guessing this would perhaps be Banjong's segment for the five-film omnibus that will reunite the four 4Bia directors plus one more surprise director.

(Thanks Stephen!)

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