Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wish Us Luck steams into cinema

Wish Us Luck (ขอให้เราโชคดี), that train-travel documentary by twin-sister filmmakers Wanweaw and Weawwan Hongvivatana, is getting a release this week at Bangkok's House cinema.

After finishing up their master's degree film studies in London, the sisters thought it would be a swell idea to take the train back to Thailand.

So they documented their colorfully languorous one-month adventure, which took them across Europe and Asia on the Trans-Siberian Railway, and then down through Mongolia, China and Vietnam. They then jumped the tracks and made their way across Laos before finally boarding a train home to Bangkok.

With many reflective moments along the way, the film at times takes on precious airs that recall Wes Anderson's train movie, The Darjeeling Limited. Other times, it's a bit weird, like when they have to share a compartment with a creepy Russian guy.

Wish Us Luck was shown last year in a on-off screening by Third Class Citizen – watch the trailer here – and at Salaya Doc 2012, so now's a chance for more folks to check it out.

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