Friday, April 12, 2013

Home, Countdown, Thongsuk among Thai selection at FEFF 15

The Udine Far East Film Festival, which annually attracts enthusiasts of Asian films from all over the world to Italy, will put on its 15th edition from April 19 to 25.

The Thai selection is some of the past year's celebrated industry titles, all making international festival or European premieres.

Director Chookiat Sakveerakul will be there with his Love of Siam star Witwisit Hiranyawongkul and their sentimental drama Home, which won many awards.

And debuting helmer "Baz" Nattawut Poonpiriya will be on hand to present his psycho-thriller Countdown, which pretty much swept the awards in Thailand this year for its performance by David Asavanond as an unhinged drug dealer named Jesus.

Udine will also screen Kongkiat Khomsiri's gritty period crime drama Antapal, a.k.a. The Gangster, which won at least one award for the performance by the always-intense Noi Sukosol.

And there will be a couple of horror films – the nine-segment 9-9-81, which was nominated for several awards, and, from this year, Taweewat Wantha's highly enjoyable "cabin-in-the-woods" slasher-horror Thongsuk 13, a.k.a. Long Weekend.

The festival also hosts the European leg of the Ties That Bind producers workshop, which will have Pimpaka Towira pitching her new project, Malaria and Mosquitoes.

Film Business Asia details some of the other films at FEFF15, which has 57 titles in all, mostly from Japan, South Korea and China.

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