Friday, July 3, 2015

Last Executioner wins more prizes, sets Ireland date

The Last Executioner, the independent biographical drama about the last marksman to dispatch death-row prisoners with a firearm in Thailand's prisons, continues to make its way around the festival circuit and win awards.

The latest accolades come from Manila's World Premieres Film Festival, where it won the Intercontinental Prize for Best Feature, and from here in Thailand, where The Last Executioner took the top prize in the fourth Suan Dusit Thai Movie Poster Awards.

In Manila, The Last Executioner (เพชฌฆาต, Petchakat) is taking part in the Asean Skies section of the World Premiere Film Festival. The regional line-up also has the oddball Japanese-Thai production Hand in the Glove as well as entries from Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Even Laos has an entry, with the four-director omnibus Vientiane in Love. The WPFF continues until July 7.

For the Suan Dusit Thai Movie Poster Awards, put on by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, The Last Executioner got the top prize for its striking image of lead actor Vithaya Pansringarm taking deadly aim with a rifle.

Other movie posters recognized were the gibberish GTH romantic comedy I Fine ... Thank You ... Love You (ไอฟาย..แต๊งกิ้ว..เลิฟยู้), Poj Arnon's Wai Peng Nakleng Kha San (วัยเป้งง นักเลงขาสั้น, Dangerous Boys), which is filled with schoolboys in shortpants, and The Unreasonable Man (ไม่รู้.มันคืออะไร.แต่ชอบ), the indie drama starring "Tao" Somchai Kemklad as a barber that had a limited release in Bangkok last year.

Directed by Tom Waller, The Last Executioner will next screen in Ireland, at the Galway Film Fleadh, on July 10, with Waller himself in attendance. Check the Facebook events page for more details.

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