Friday, July 24, 2009

Jakarta's Q! Film Festival opening with A Moment in June

Indonesia's John Badalu, a fellow juror from the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival and a familiar figure on the festival and industry scene in Southeast Asia, has organized the Q! Film Festival in Jakarta.

It opens today with the time-shifting Thai indie drama A Moment in June, about a gay playwright (Shahkrit Yamnarm) whose ties to play he's staging are slowly revealed in a cascade of bright colors and nostalgic music.

Badalu's gay film fest also has Me ... Myself, starring Ananda Everingham as an amnesiac who forgets his sexuality. That's directed by Pongpat Wachirabunjong, who's been doing quite a bit of cross-dressing himself for the Thai TV drama Rainbow Moon.

There's also Indonesian director Edwin's Blind Pig Who Wants to Fly, which is probably a better fit for the Q! fest than it was for Bangkok's World Comedy Film Festival.

As of Thursday night, the Q! festival website wasn't yet updated, so the whole schedule wasn't there. Popcornmag says Thunska Pansittivorakul's documentary This Area Is Under Quarantine is also playing.

This year's Q! fest actually started in May in Yogyakarta. It's heading to Bali next month.

The Jakarta Globe (cache) has more about the festival.

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