Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Film industry followup, film fest news

Following up an earlier posting on the state of the Thai film industry, Kaiju Shakedown opens up a can of you know what on the subject, probing the issue even more. Make sure you read the comments.

In the same posting, Grady Hendrix' film blog also delves into the unfortunately named 3rd World Film Festival of Bangkok. It's the third year for this upstart film festival in Bangkok, which competes with the bigger Bangkok International Film Festival for films, guests and prestige. So next year, it'll be the 4th World.

They're doing good. This year opens with Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist, with a visit by Polanski himself. There will also be a restrospective on him, featuring Knife in the Water, Cul de Sac, Repulsion and Rosemary's Baby.

There will also be a retrospective on French director Jean Pierre Jeunet, featuring Delicatessan, Children of God, Amelie and A Very Long Engagement. It's a good choice, because Jeunet's been an influence on Thai directors, especially Wisit Sasanatieng who channelled a bit of Amelie in Citizen Dog.

It's a film fest with ideas -- the big one being that organizers will attempt to put movie ratings in place at the fest. So the closing film, Tsai Ming Liang's The Wayward Cloud, which features, among other sex acts, a guy having sex with a watermelon, will rated be NC-17 -- no one under 17 will be admitted. The fest took a poll on movie ratings at last year's festival to try and jump-start the issue in Thailand.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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