Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pen-ek retrospective in San Francisco, April 4-21


Pen-ek Ratanaruang's upside-down hitman thriller Headshot will make its San Fransisco premiere along with some of his other films in Thai Dreams: The Films of Pen-ek Ratanaruang at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from April 4 to 21.

Here's more from the YBCA:

YBCA is thrilled to welcome acclaimed Thai filmmaker Pen-ek Ratanaruang for this retrospective, featuring the local premiere of his newest film and five earlier works. Some of the themes he consistently revisits include the frailty of human relationships, multiple levels of consciousness, urban vs. natural landscapes, and shifting identities. His work has an elegant visual design, and often a subtle, peaceful ambience. He’s made several films in the crime genre, but these are no ordinary thrillers. Ratanaruang always twists convention in unique ways, making the familiar unfamiliar. Join us in celebrating this distinguished director’s first visit to San Francisco.

Headshot opens the series on April 4 followed by the forest psycho-thriller Nymph on April 7, 2003's dreamy masterpiece Last Life in the Universe on April 11, 2007's marriage drama Ploy on April 14, the underrated Last Life followup Invisible Waves on April 18 and 1999's black comedy 6ixtynin9 on April 21.

Check the YBCA website for the complete details.

(Thanks Jonathan!)

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