Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Ghosts, gore and romance headed for Udine
Five Thai films will unspool in the 12th Udine Far East Film Festival, which has announced its full lineup.
Three are making their international festival premieres, among them the the story of class conflict and romance in the nostalgic October Sonata, the much-acclaimed and awarded drama by Somkiat Vituranich.
College gal pals mature a bit as they travel in Europe in GTH's Nitiwat Tharatorn's Dear Galileo, which might interest Italian audiences because the young women become spaghetti vendors in Venice and the Leaning Tower of Pisa figures into the story as well.
Genre fans will find plenty to ponder in the psychothriller Who Are You (there's no question mark) directed by Pakphum Wongjinda with a screenplay by Body #19 and 13 Beloved scribe Eakasit Thairatana. It stars veteran actress Sinjai Plengpanich as a mother whose son has locked himself away in his room and refuses to come out. Released in February by Sahamongkol, it's good to see this one hitting the festival circuit already.
Making what's termed an "Italian premiere" is Phobia 2. The five-director horror shorts anthology from GTH offers a bit of everything, including hungry ghosts, zombies and four funny guys. (The first film in the franchise is hitting the U.K.)
And there's Kongkiat Komesiri's good-and-bloody serial-killer thriller Slice from Five Star, which is ripping up the festival circuit this year. That's another Italian premiere.
Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam are also represented. With 60 films in all, it's a huge lineup. Wildgrounds has the rest.
The Udine Far East Film Festival runs from April 23 to May 1.