Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Aditya Assarat picks George Washington for Berlinale Forum celebration

The Berlin Film Festival's Forum program is 40 years old this year, and to celebrate, a birthday party is being held at the Kino Arsenal from July 1 to 5.

For the symposium celebration, "Dialogues with Films: 4 Decades of the International Forum of New Cinema" has 12 directors selecting films they really like and explaining why they really like them.

Among the directors having to explain themselves is Thailand's Aditya Assarat. He chose George Washington, a 2000 independent film by David Gordon Green who's since gone on to direct the Judd Apatow-produced stoner comedy Pineapple Express.

Aditya writes at length about why he likes the film -- "hard to say" -- on the Four Decades of the Forum website.

The entire lineup of films and their presenters makes for interesting reading. If I had a NetFlix queue, I'd be adding to it right now.

(Via Pop Pictures)

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