Thursday, January 16, 2014

Berlinale 2014: Four headed for Talent Campus

Four Thai indie film figures will join this year's Talent Campus at the Berlin International Film Festival.

They are film programmer Pathompong "Big" Manakitsomboon, actor Wanlop Rungkumjad, production designer Rasiguet Sookkarn and director Sompot "Boat" Chidgasornpongse.

Big Pathompong cut his teeth as a programmer for the World Film Festival of Bangkok but for the past couple of years has been an independent programmer and curator, as well as working on distribution for I Carried You Home. Other projects have included producer of Golden Teardrop, a video by artist Arin Rungjang that was part of last year's Thai Pavilion at the Venice Biennale He's also been producing Endless, Nameless, an experimental film shot from super 8mm stock by Pathompon Tesprateep. He's looking to getting into directing Super 8 as well and projects with actual found footage.

Wanlop, a former art director, broke into acting with the lead role in 2011's Eternity (Tee-Rak), which he followed up with 36 and Mother.

Rasiguet's credits include art direction on Aditya Assarat's short film Six to Six and production design on Kongdej Jaturanrasamee's last two features, Tang Wong and P-047.

And Boat has worked as an assistant director under Apichatpong Weerasethakul. His own film credits have included the shorts To Infinity and Beyond, Bangkok in the Evening, Andaman, Diseases and a Hundred Year Period (in reaction to the censorship of Apichatpong's Syndromes and a Century) and Home Video (Made in Thai Town). He's lately been at work for what seems like forever on his first feature, the train movie, Are We There Yet?

The Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 6 to 16.

Note: The post is updated from an earlier version, and corrects and adds more details about Pathompong Manakitsomboon.

(Thanks Soros!)

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