|Step right up. Nontawat hawks tickets at the EGV in Khon Kaen. Photo via Facebook.|
Indie director Nontawat Numbenchapol had originally planned a more-extensive Thai release for Boundary (ฟ้าต่ำแผ่นดินสูง, Fahtum Pandinsoong), his embattled documentary on the Thai-Cambodian border conflict.
But he had to scale things back thanks to a conflict that arose with another politically sensitive film, Paradoxocracy, which Major Cineplex came under pressure for showing and actually discouraged customers from seeing.
In order to show his film, Nontawat had renegotiate with the theater chain. Under a new, unusual arrangement, he's had pay out of his pocket to hire out the hall and has been selling tickets himself as he shepherded the film around to screenings upcountry in Chiang Mai, Khon Kaen and Udon Thani. Weeklong screenings had been planned, but under the new deal with Major, he cut back the schedule to just a weekend in each city.
The Bangkok release runs for only four days at Esplanade Cineplex Ratchadaphisek. Showtimes are at 7 nightly from Thursday until Sunday. For more details, see the movie's Facebook page.