Wednesday, October 13, 2010

World Film Festival of Bangkok 2010: Eternity, Insects among premieres

Two indie arthouse dramas, Eternity (ที่รัก, Tee Rak) and Insects in the Backyard, will make their Thai premieres at the 8th World Film Festival of Bangkok next month.

Eternity, by Sivaroj Kongsakul, will be the WFFBKK's opening film on November 5. The drama, which is a highly personal, haunting reflection of Sivaroj's thoughts about his father's death, is in the New Currents competition this week at the Pusan International Film Festival. It's the debut feature by Sivaroj, a well-known fixture on the Thai indie scene, whose short film Silencio won many awards. Eternity is produced by Aditya Assarat's Pop Pictures.

Insects in the Backyard makes its Thai premiere as part of the World Film Festival's Asian Contemporary line-up. Directed by indie darling Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, the katoey filmmaker also stars as the lewd-and-crude cross-dressing "big sister" to a pair of troubled teenagers. The three form an unconventional family unit and deal with all sorts of relationship problems. Insects premiered in the Dragons and Tigers competition at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Another noteworthy Asian Contemporary world premiere is Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, a compilation of shorts by three Asian female directors. Mundane History director Anocha Suwichakornpong directs Lunch. The other two directors are China's Wang Jing and Kaz Cai from Singapore. The project has long been in the works and at one time had Peng Shan and Eva Tang attached to direct the China and Singapore portions. It's produced by Bee Pin Tay and Wormwood Films of Singapore.

Here's the Asian Contemporary program:


There's also a bunch of Thai and other Southeast Asian shorts in the Short Wave and Guts Nouveau programs, which I aim to get into later.

Other highlights of this year's festival include a Retrospective on French director Jacques Doillon and the Lotus Award for Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan and a package on New Turkish Cinema.

More about the fest is
in The Nation today.

The World Film Festival of Bangkok runs from November 5 to 14 at Paragon Cineplex and at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit (Ekamai).

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