Monday, March 14, 2011

Boonmee, Malady and Thai Film Week in D.C.

The U.S. capital gets a huge dose of Thai cinema over the next couple of weeks in two events.

The Environmental Film Festival hosts the District of Columbia premiere of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives as well as Apichatpong's 2004 Cannes Jury Prize-winner Tropical Malady.

Both screenings are in the AFI Silver Theatre. The Environmental Film Festival runs from March 15 to 27.

Meanwhile, the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington is having Thai Film Week over the course of two weekends, showing several recent classics as well as a fistful of Thai action movies.

Wisit Sasanatieng's mind-blowing western Tears of the Black Tiger opens the series this Friday.

Saturday afternoon has Pantham Thongsang's 2004 social comedy-drama Ai Fak, a.k.a. The Judgement, with a screenplay by Somkiet Vituranich based on the SEA Write Award-winning novel by Chart Korbjitti.

Chookiat Sakveerakul's tender gay teenage romance Love of Siam screens on Saturday night.

The following weekend, March 25 and 26, is a showcase of action choreography from Panna Rittikrai and his team with Thanakorn Pongsuwan's karmic fantasy Demon Warriors (Opapatika), Chalerm Wongpim's buffalo-rustling western Dynamite Warrior with Dan Choopong and Tony Jaa's magnum opus Ong-Bak 2.

The Washington Post has more details.

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