Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Concrete Clouds, Beer Girl land in Asian Cinema Fund

Concrete Clouds, Lee Chatametikool's feature directorial debut, and Beer Girl, a new project by In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire director Wichanon Somumjarn, are among the projects awarded in this year's round of the Busan International Film Festival's Asian Cinema Fund.

Long in the works, Concrete Clouds receives post-production funding from ACF. According to Film Business Asia, filming has wrapped up and it's expected to be completed by October.

Here's the description from the ACF website:

Concrete Clouds is Lee Chatametikool's first feature film as director. He is an acclaimed editor for art-house and independent films of Thailand. His credit includes Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee who Can Recall his Past Lives. The story follows Mutt returning to Bangkok after his father commits suicide and meets his ex-girlfriend. The ex-girlfriend is facing financial difficulty and his young brother is in love with a girl next door. The characters in this film consist of a stock broker, a formal model, a market researcher, a prostitute and a student. This film looks like a commercial film, but it criticizes the social and financial crisis of Thailand, displaying a huge consumption society through the different characters. The unexpected combination of the seriousness of the Thailand independent film and the lightness of the commercial film works wonderfully well in the film and it comes as a delightful surprise.

Ananda Everingham stars along with Janesuda Parnto and Apinya Sakuljaroensuk. Producers include Apichatpong, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Sylvia Chang and Soros Sukhum.

Formerly known as Past Love, Lee's project has been in development since around 2010, and has been steadily making the rounds at the various markets and funds, with support also coming from Visions Sud Est and the Hubert Bals Fund of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Wichanon's Beer Girl was named under the Script Development Fund for the Asian Film Academy. It's about a girl working at a bar who gets caught up in a crime and runs away with her lover.

The 18th Busan International Film Festival runs from October 3 to 12.

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