Thursday, September 11, 2008

Shorts by Wisit, Pen-ek at Vancouver

The full Dragons and Tigers slate of East Asian cinema at the Vancouver International Film Festival has been unveiled, with programmers Tony Rayns and Shelly Kraicer cherry-picking two short films from the package prepared last year in Thailand for His Majesty the King's 80th birthday.

Wisit Sasanatieng's Norasingh Avatar is a khon masked dance play adapted from Buddhist myth. It looks like CG animation, but it isn't. It's live action that has been laboriously stylised in post production. It's playing ahead of The Convert, the new documentary by Panu Aree, Kaweenipon Ketprasit and Kong Rithdee.

Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Luminous Sound is a documentary, with Pen-ek behind the camera, interviewing blind pianist Sila Namthao, who talks about his life and inspirations. The short is playing ahead of Aditya Assarat's feature Wonderful Town.

Along with the rest of the King's package, both Norasingh Avatar and Luminous Sound played in Toronto earlier this year at the Worldwide Short Film Festival.

The Vancouver International Film Festival runs from September 25 to October 10.

(Via Variety)

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