Agrarian Utopia, the new feature by Uruphong Raksasad, was given a special mention by the NETPAC jury at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema jury comprised producer Shan Donbing from China, journalist Okubo Ken’ichi from Japan and filmmaker Sun Koh from Singapore. Here's the jury's statement:
The jury would like to commend the maker of Agrarian Utopia for his bravery, his folly and his determination in showing us his little piece of heaven."
Interesting. Makes me want to see this film even more. Agrarian Utopia has received support from IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund. It was shot around the filmmaker's village in Chiang Rai.
Among the Thai lineup at Rotterdam, one short film, Man and Gravity by Jakrawal Nilthamrong, was in the VRPO Tiger Awards competition, but it wasn't among the three winners.
The complete report on the IFFR awards is on on the IFFR website.
(From IFFR press release via e-mail subscription)