Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Uncle Boonmee, Phantoms of Nabua at Toronto International Film Festival

While Midnight Madness got all the attention yesterday with Tony Jaa and Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning, the Toronto International Film Festival's Wavelengths avant-garde program has been quietly finalized.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's new short, A Letter to Uncle Boonmee will make its North American premiere as part of Wavelengths 4: Une Catastrophe, playing alongside works by Jean-Luc Godard, David Gatten, Marina Giotti and Jean-Marie Straub.

Meanwhile, a companion piece to Uncle Boonmee -- part of the multi-platform Primitive project -- the online short Phantoms of Nabua is featured as a video-art installation in TIFF's Future Projections.

So that's four Thai films that I know of being featured at the Toronto International Film Festival: A Letter to Uncle Boonme, Phantoms of Nabua, Ong-Bak 2: The Beginning and Pen-ek Ratanruang's Nymph.

That Uncle Boonme is getting around. He'll be at the World Film Festival of Bangkok in November and in residence in Queensland, Australia in October. Where else is he going to turn up?

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 10 to 19.

(Via 1st Thursday and The Auteurs)

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