Monday, July 4, 2011
Thunska's Terrorists in competition at New Horizons
There was an election yesterday and as a result Thailand has a new prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, who makes history has the country's first female premier. Despite that she's the sister of the PM who was ousted in a military coup five years ago and was backed by the "red shirt" protesters who became emblematic of the wide divisions in Thai society, there's hope for reconciliation.
Meanwhile, a film that comments on Thai politics, the disparity between the elite and the poor and people on the fringes of society, The Terrorists (ผู้ก่อการร้าย, Poo Kor Karn Rai), is in competition in Poland's New Horizons International Film Festival.
Directed by Thunska Pansittivorakul, it's a magnum opus for the director, continuing with themes he explored in This Area Is Under Quarantine (banned in Thailand), Reincarnate and his various short films, which combine political commentary and male homosexual erotic fantasies.
Produced by Jürgen Brüning, best known for his work with director Bruce La Bruce, The Terrorists premiered earlier this year at the Berlin Film Festival.
Since Berlin, The Terrorists has had some private screenings, allowing more folks to see it.
The New Horizons International Film Festival runs from July 21 to 31.