Monday, March 12, 2012

Headshot to make U.S. premiere at Tribeca fest

Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Headshot (Fon Tok Kuen Fah, ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า) makes its U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Playing in the Spotlight program, Headshot was among 45 films added to the Tribeca lineup last week.

Headshot has U.S. distribution, with Kino Lorber, and I would expect that after the Tribeca bow, other festivals across the States will be picking it up.

It's also showing at the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Last month, Headshot played in Berlin. It was also featured in a Pen-ek retrospective at this past weekend's Deauville Asian Film Festival, which awarded Querelles by Iran's Morteza Farshbaf as best film. The jury prize went to the Philippines' Baby Factory, the debut feature ​​by Eduardo W. Roy Jr. The Critics Prize went to Himizu by Sion Sono and the Lotus Action Asia award went to the Donnie Yen martial-arts thriller Wu Xia by Peter Chan. Last year, Headshot premiered at the Toronto fest and also screened in Vancouver and Tokyo.

The exposure abroad for Headshot comes amid accolades at home, where Pen-ek picked up the best director award from the Thai Film Director Association, as well as six Starpics Awards. Still to come is next Monday's Asian Film Awards, with Cris Horwang up for best supporting actress.

Pen-ek, who turned 50 on March 8, was recently asked what he's planning to do next, and The Nation's SoopSip column quotes him as saying he's working on a documentary "about Thai politics during the Rattanakosin Era, right from the beginning."

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