An independently produced, limited-released 4.5-hour documentary was named the best picture at the Kom Chad Luek Awards last night.
Directed by Ing K., Manit Sriwanichpum and Kraisak Choonhavan, Citizen Juling (Polamuang Juling) was a sprawling examination of violence and politics in Thailand's predominantly Muslim deep south, stemming from the 2006 mob beating of a young woman Buddhist schoolteacher. After premiering at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and then screening at the 2008 Bangkok International Film Festival and last year's Berlinale, it was released in one cinema in Bangkok, House on RCA, which gave it an extended run.
Pen-ek Ratanaruang got two awards for director and script for Nymph (Nang Mai), a drama about a dysfunctional marriage that has a haunted forest as a backdrop. Released by Five Star Production, Nymph premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival and then was re-edited in what was called the "director's cut" for its release in Thai cinemas and subsequent run on the international festival circuit last year.
The popular vote went to the GTH romantic comedy Rot Fai Fah Ma Ha Na Ter (Bangkok Traffic (Love) Story, which was the year's top Thai film at the box office.
Bangkok Traffic star Cris Horwang won best actress.
The actor prize went to Parames Nongaum, who played a crusading teacher in the teenage drugs drama Samchuk, which was produced by Pacific Island Film and directed by Thanit Jitnukul.
Sunsanee Wattananukul won best supporting actress for GTH's and director Yongyoot Thongkongtoon's Best of Times (Kwaam Jam San Dtae Rak Chan Yaao), in which she portrayed a widowed woman whose love for a man becomes troublesome when it's revealed he has Alzheimer's.
Ray MacDonald won the supporting actor award for GTH's Dear Galileo (Nee Tam Galileo), in which he played a streetwise Bohemian in Paris who befriends a troubled young Thai woman traveller.
The Kom Chad Luek Awards, given by the mass-market Thai daily newspaper in the Nation Multimedia Group, also handed out awards for music, soap operas and for most-popular votes.
Update: More photos at NangDee.
(Via The Nation, Dirtii Laundry)