Monday, August 2, 2010

Mundane History wins grand prize in Poland, opening in Bangkok

Mundane History (เจ้านกกระจอก, Jao Nok Krajok), Anocha Suwichakornpong's biting critique of Thai society, has won the Grand Prix at the 10th Era New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.

The prize, the festival's highest honor, has a purse worth €20,000. It follows previous wins by Mundane History in Rotterdam and Transylvania.

Mundane History opens in Bangkok this week, as the first entry in Extra Virgin's relaunched Director's Screen Project. It'll play from August 5 to September 1 at SFX the Emporium.

Ahead of the movie's first commercial release in Thailand, "May" Anocha talked to BK Magazine. Here's a bit:

Asian cinema has become synonymous with long, static shots. You just put a camera there and let the drama unfold. I’m a big fan of that, but I don’t want to keep repeating what has been done before. In Mundane History, the main character is paralyzed, which calls for long, static shots because he just lies in bed. I went deliberately the other way and used handheld cameras a lot.

Lots more where that came from. Go read the rest.

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