Thursday, July 31, 2008

Queens of Langkasuka announced for Venice

After making its premiere in the Cannes Film Market in May, Nonzee Nimibutr's Queens of Langkasuka will be screened at the 65th Venice Film Festival.

It's showing out of competition in a special program in collaboration with the Udine Far East Film Festival. Two films are in that program. The other is Monster X Strikes Back: Attack the G8 Summit! by Minoru Kawasaki. What a wild pair of films. Stingray-riding magical sea gypsies and a movie that has Beat Takeshi as the monster's voice.

Of interest to Southeast Asian film fans, there are two Filipino films in the Horizons section: Francis Xavier Pasion's Jay and Melancholia by Lav Diaz. What the heck? Melancholia is only seven hours long! But Lav Diaz is a fixture at Venice, so he can do whatever he wants.

Back to Queens of Langkasuka. It's set for general release in Thai cinemas in October, but Venice will likely be the beginning of a festival run. I've heard it could very well turn up in an important spot at the Bangkok International Film Festival.

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