|Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Suvanee Chinchiewchan, French Counsellor for Culture, Science and Development Jeremy Opritesco and Prachya Pinkaew at the launch event for the Clap! French Film Festival in Bangkok.|
Two more Thai film figures have been inducted into the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres – filmmaker Pen-ek Rattanaruang and SF Cinemas executive Suvanee Chinchiewchan.
They now hold the rank of chevalier, making them knights of the order, which honors people for their contributions to French culture.
Pen-ek's cultural ties to France include his films appearances at the Cannes Film Festival, where Monrak Transistor, Ploy and Nymph have all unspooled.
Suvanee, a familiar face to anyone who attends major film industry shindigs in Thailand, was honored for her contributions in bringing French films to Thai audiences. The SF theater chain has long hosted the annual French Film Festival, among other special fests.
Other Thai film folk in the order include World Film Festival of Bangkok director Victor Silakong, who was inducted with a chevalier ranking in January. And Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who won the Cannes Palme d'Or in 2010, holds the rank of "officier".
(Via Soopsip, The Nation)