Vanishing Point (วานิชชิ่ง พอยท์), the new award-winning drama by indie Thai filmmaker Jakrawal Nilthamrong, is among the International New Talent Competition at the Taipei Film Festival.
A winner of the Tiger Award at this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam, Vanishing Point is making its way around the circuit, having also recently screened at the Singapore Art Museum's annual Southeast Asian film fest and in the Young Cinema Competition at the 39th Hong Kong International Film Festival.
The Hong Kong fest also featured two other locally anticipated Thai entries from the circuit, Josh Kim's How to Win at Checkers (Every Time), which also recently screened at the Los Angeles Asian-Pacific Film Festival, and Anucha Boonyawatana's The Blue Hour (อนธการ, Onthakan), which both made their bow in Berlin earlier this year.
Jakrawal's Vanishing Point stems from a tragic car crash that involved the director's own parents and affected their lives forever, and then follows two very different men – a disillusioned crime-scene reporter and a voyeuristic motel owner – whose lives take various fateful directions.
In Taipei, Vanishing Point is among 12 entries in the International New Talent Competition, with other titles hailing from Taiwan, Vietnam, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Palestine, Brazil, the U.K. and the U.S. They include Chiang Hsiu-chiung's Japan-set drama The Furthest End Awaits and The Inseminator, an experimental surreal fantasy by Vietnam's Bui Kim Quy that hasn't been cleared by censors at home.
Film Business Asia has more. The Taipei Film Festival runs from June 26 to July 18.