Saturday, August 5, 2006

Citizen Wisit

Here's a flurry of news about Wisit Sasanatieng, all courtesy of The Nation's Soopsip column on August 2, 2006 (Page 12A).

Adding to the accolades his Citizen Dog received from Montreal's Fantasia Festival, Wisit has received this year's Silpathorn Award for filmmaking. The honor is bestowed by Culture Ministry's Office of Contemporary Arts and Culture and is given to actual living, breathing and working contemporary artists. Past recipients of the film honor are Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Apichatpong Weerasethakul (last year's honoree).

Citizen Dog, meanwhile, is set for a commercial release in France, now on August 23, Soopsip said. That's being handled by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp, which is also still backing one of Wisit's upcoming projects, the historical epic Nam Prix. (What about Armful?)

But what's really going on is that Wisit is shooting his next film right now in the mountains of Korat. It's called The Unseeable (Pen Choo Kab Phee). It's a ghost story being written by one of the Ronin Team from Art of the Devil 2. And it's due for release in October.

It will star Siraphan "Noon" Watanajinda from last year's hit romantic comedy Dear Dakanda and socialite (but still newcomer actress) Supornthip Chuangrangsree, who is president of Branded The Agency. Soopsip couldn't elaborate on what roles the two female leads play, as in who's the ghost and who isn't. Who knows? No matter. If it's Wisit, it's going to be awesome.

Deknang has more.

(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)

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