Saturday, December 29, 2007

Bangkok Time, out of time

After just one week of screening once a day at the Lido in Siam Square, indie director Santi Taepanich's Bangkok Time has already left the cinema.

Seems Santi had personally rented a digital projector so his film could be shown at the Lido, which lacks the equipment. The film's premature close is simply because he couldn't afford to keep hiring the projector.

There are other cinemas in Bangkok, Cinema 3 of the Grand EGV Siam Discovery, just across the street from the Lido, for example, which are already set up for digital screenings. But Santi wanted the Lido crowd to see his film, and being part of that crowd, I can't blame him. He thought something would be lost if it were shown in one of the newer shopping mall multiplexes.

Such sacrifice in the name of art.

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