Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Berlinale 2012: Erotic Fragments in competition, Headshot in Panorama

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival gets underway on Thursday with two Thai films in the program, Erotic Fragments No. 1, 2, 3 and Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Headshot.

Directed by Anucha Boonyawatana (อนุชา บุญยวรรธนะ), the 6-minute Erotic Fragments No. 1, 2, 3 was a special mention winner at last year's Thai Short Film and Video Festival. Anucha previously directed the 2002 student short Down the River. Erotic Fragments is in the Berlinale Shorts Competition and is also a nominee for the Teddy Award.

Here goes the synopsis from the Berlinale website:

"Three” is the rule. The film has three parts. Each part has three shots and each shot is thirty seconds in length. Three characters share their erotic desires from the point of view of a third class citizen in contemporary Thai society.

Pen-ek's hitman Headshot (Fon Tok Kuen Fah (ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า) heads back out on the international festival circuit after a homestand in Thailand that saw it get a limited theatrical release and a screening at the inaugural Hua Hin International Film Festival, where it reportedly screened without English subtitles, which must've taken a special effort since to my knowledge it was mostly subbed prints that ran in the cinemas.

It's the third time for Pen-ek in Berlin. He was previously there with the premieres of his 2006 hitman comedy-thriller Invisible Waves and back in 1997 with his debut feature Fun Bar Karaoke.

The 62nd Berlin International Film Festival runs until February 19.

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