Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Meat Grinder, Chocolate head to PiFan
The cannabalism thriller Meat Grinder will make its international premiere at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. It's a main course in the Forbidden Zone of "violent .. extremist movies".
Directed by Tiwa Moeithaisong, Meat Grinder (Cheuat gon chim) stars Mai Charoenpura as a woman with a troubled family history and a special recipe the noodles she sells. The film has been controversial in Thailand, with censors ordering that the Thai title be changed and that cuts be made out of fear of showing a negative portrayal of Thai cuisine. The film has been in the market circuit in Cannes and Hong Kong, but Puchon marks its first festival screening.
For dessert, there's Jeeja Yanin kicking up a storm as an autistic girl bent on revenge in Chocolate, playing in the World Fantastic Cinema lineup.
The full PiFan program was announced on Tuesday, according to Variety. The opening film is MW, a live-action adaptation of the work of Japanese cartoonist Tezuku Osamu, and the closer is the Indonesian martial-arts drama Marantau, directed by Gareth Evans and starring Iko Uwais.
The Puchon Choice competition lineup has two more from Indonesia, The Forbidden Door by Joko Anwar (also at the New York Asian Film Festival) and the Singaporean co-production Macabre by the Mo Brothers (picked up for distribution by Five Star).
The Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival runs from July 16 to 26.