Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Udine 2011: Crazy Little Thing, Bangkok Knockout, Mindfulness and Murder

Three Thai films are listed in the just-released program of Italy's 13th Udine Far East Film Festival.

They are the teen romance Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the action extravaganza Bangkok Knockout and the mystery thriller Mindfulness and Murder.

Sahamongkol's hit romantic comedy Crazy Little Thing Called Love, a.k.a. First Love (Sing Lek Lek Thee Riak Wa … Ruk (สิ่งเล็กๆ ที่เรียกว่า...รัก), won an award at last month's Okinawa International Movie Festival. It makes its European Premiere in Udine.

Panna Rittikrai's action-crazy Bangkok Knockout (โคตรสู้ โคตรโส, Koht Soo Koht Soh) won the Best Stuntwork Award at last weekend's ActionFest in the U.S., but Udine is being billed as its "International Festival Premiere".

Meanwhile, Mindfulness and Murder (Sop Mai Ngeap, ศพไม่เงียบ) is still slugging it out in Thai multiplexes after a release last week. Director Tom Waller's Buddhist-monk detective thriller has also been touring the festivals in recent months. In addition to picking up awards at last year's ThrillSpy in the U.S., it's also been to fests in Cambodia, Mexico, Egypt, Russia and Iran. Udine is its European Premiere. And producers from De Warrenne Pictures will be pitching for funds to make a sequel, Killer Karma, at the Ties That Bind workshop in Udine.

Other festival highlights include the special program "Asia Laughs! A Survey of Asian Comedy Films", but it oddly does not include any classic Thai comedies, even though there are several still in existence to choose from. Too bad.

Hey, check out the festival trailer, which is always fun. This year's short is directed by Hong Kong's Clement Chang.

The Udine Far East Film Festival runs from April 29 to May 7.

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