Friday, May 25, 2012

P-047 in LA Film Festival

It's been awhile since I've heard anything about Kongej Jaturanrasamee's mind-blowing P-047  (Tae Peang Phu Deaw, แต่เพียงผู้เดียว), which premiered as a last-minute selection at last year's Venice fest and also played a few other places, including the World Film Festival of Bangkok.

P-047 is still on the festival circuit, and is set for the Los Angeles Film Festival. Here's the synopsis:

Lek and Kong work side by side at the shopping mall. Lek is a lonely locksmith, and Kong is an aspiring writer. When Kong comes up with a plan to put Lek’s lock picking skills to good use, the two start breaking into other people’s homes, not to steal anything but just to bask temporarily in the lives of others. One day, Kong pries too deeply into someone else’s life, and things grow rather complicated.

Recalling Christopher Nolan by way of Wong Kar-wai, P-047 beautifully weaves together flashbacks, fantasy sequences and fragmented memories into a film that is part meditation, part multilayered mystery and utterly fascinating.

Also of possible interest in the LAFF is the Malaysian crime drama Bunohan: Return to Murder by Dain Said. Set in the "badlands" along the Malaysian-Thai border, it involves three estranged brothers, one of whom is on the run from a hitman after a Muay Thai deathmatch. There's also Return to Burma, the documentary-style account of a migrant laborer's return to Myanmar after 10 years of working in Taiwan.

Hopefully P-047 will turn up again in Bangkok for a regular theatrical release, sometime this year. I'd like to see it again.

The Los Angeles Film Festival runs from June 14 to 24.

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