Friday, May 12, 2006

Stories from the North awarded at Jeonju fest

In more news to catch up on, Stories from the North, by Uruphong Raksasad, won the JJ-Star Award at the Jeonju International Film Festival, which ran from April 27 to May 5.

The 87-minute indie feature ran in the festival's Digital Spectrum section. here's more about it and the director from the festival's website:

Uruphong decided to make a film about a village in northern Thailand where he was born after thinking of his project since graduating from university. This short film March of Time is named after some newsreel films. It is the first chapter of Stories from the North. Uruphong was skeptical about industry that pursues only for money and profits while he worked at Thai TV and a major studio. He explores the dark side of industrialization as well as his love for natural life in the film.

Also at Jeonju this year, Pen-ek Ratanaruang was among the directors taking part in the annual Digital Short Films by Three Directors. His piece was called Twelve Twenty, about a man in an airport who suddenly falls in love with a woman at the check-in counter on the other side of the lobby.

Eric Khoo from Singapore had No Day Off, about maids in Singapore (always a controversial subject) and Darezhan Omirbayev from Khazakhstan contributed About Love, about a lonely math teacher who meets a former student by chance and then falls in love with the alumnus' wife.

I'll try to keep my eyes out for future screenings of these films.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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