Monday, May 4, 2009

Yongyoot in Udine: Fewer horror films from Thailand

The Udine Far East Film Festival has wrapped up, and on its last day on Saturday, producer-director Yongyoot Thongkongtoon met the press and talked about the three films he was showing there, the horror omnibus 4Bia and Coming Soon and his latest directorial effort, the romantic drama Best of Times (Kwaam Jam San Dtae Rak Chan Yaao).

The Far East Film Festival blog recaps the press meeting, in which Yongyoot talks how about the order of the segments in 4Bia was important. Yongyoot directed the first segment. The others were by younger directors from GTH: Paween Purijitpanya and the Shutter-Alone pair of Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom.

Yongyoot was among the producers of the horror film, Coming Soon, by the first directorial effort by Alone and Shutter screenwriter Sophon Sakdapisit.

He told the press that there's been a decrease in horror films from Thailand, "due to the fact that both producers and directors are consciously trying to move away from this genre, which, while it has a long tradition, has been overly exploited."

But, I think, as long as it's a well-crafted film -- horror or otherwise -- people will want to watch it.

Yongyoot wasn't the only Thai filmmaker at the Udine fest. Earlier, action-movie directors Panna Rittikrai and Prachya Pinkaew had met the press there.

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