The childhood drama The Happiness of Kati and the short version of the short-film anthology Sawasdee Bangkok will premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Kati, which is based on a SEA Write Award-winning novel by Jane Vejjajiva, makes its North American premiere. Directed by Genwaii Thongdeenok, it's among the 66 entries eligible for the festival's John Schlesinger Award for Outstanding First Feature or Documentary.
Sawasdee Bangkok makes its US premiere in Palm Springs. This is the four segment version with shorts by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Wisit Sasanatieng, Aditya Assarat and Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, which premiered at the Toronto fest and also screened in Pusan. The full nine-segment version was shown at the Bangkok International Film Festival and is supposed to be broadcast on TV Thai at some point. I don't know when. I don't watch Thai television as a habit.
The Palm Springs International Film Festival runs from January 5 to 18.