Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Opapatika, The Screen, Love of Siam, Dream Team at Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival

The program for the 12th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival has gone live, and this year the fest will feature four Thai films, including Chukiat Sakweerakul's The Love of Siam. The commercial 158-minute version of the teen romance and family drama is screening in the Off the Fantastic section.

Puchon Choice has immortal karmic action with Thanakorn Pongsuwan's Opapatika. Songsak Mongkoltong's The Screen at Kamchanod is in the World Fantastic Cinema program. And the kid-friendly Dream Team by Kittikorn Liawsirikun is in the Family Fanta section.

Of interest from Southeast Asia are When the Full Moon Rises by Malaysian director Mohamad Mohd Khalid, Rule Number One by Kelvin Tong and Gone Shopping by Li Lin Wee from Singapore and Recycle by Mark Reyes and Casket for Rent by Neal Tan from the Philippines.

The opening film is the animated Waltz With Bashir and the closer is Cyborg She. There's also the festival favorites Tokyo Gore Police and Machine Girl. Hope I get to see those sometime.

PiFan also features the launch of the Network of Asian Fantastic Films, which seeks to promote new Asian genre film projects - and by that I mean genre films (fantasy, action, horror, sci-fi) that are Asian - not Asian films being a genre. There's also a film market, the Industry Showcase of Fantastic Cinema.

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(Via Twitch)

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