Monday, November 9, 2009

WFFBKK '09: Remembering Nika and Alexis

When Slovenian film programmer Nika Bohinc was in Bangkok at the end of July and early August for the Lav Diaz Retrospective, she handed a Slovenian film to World Film Festival of Bangkok programmer Pathompong "Big" Manakitsomboon.

A month after that meeting, Nika was dead, killed along with her boyfriend Alexis Tioseco in a robbery at their home in the Philippines.

The film she suggested to Big is a documentary, Letter to a Child by Vlado Skafar. Here's the synopsis:

Letter to a Child combines intimate conversations with perfect strangers and personal letters contemplating bits and pieces of life, collected and addressed to a child. In a series of “guided monologues” people – from kindergarten children to the vintage ages – are contemplating and reliving their lives. When they forget about the camera and they turn their eyes inside, the film starts. They are alone with themselves in front of us and then we are alone with ourselves, with our life, long passed, very present. Through the film the intimate diaries are silently drawing in the back a picture of human life of the last hundred years.

It's showing on Thursday night at 9.45 and on Sunday at 5.

Plans were to show Apichatpong Weerasethakul's short, For Alexis, somewhere in the festival, but there were problems with getting it on DVD in time to be included. Anyway, it can be viewed online.

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