Monday, January 25, 2010

20 young Thai directors to watch

Thai cinephile Jit Phokaew, who maintains the Limitless Cinema blog, has written an article for Indian Auteur on "20 Young Independent Thai directors", about filmmakers on the Thai indie scene who are not yet 30 years old.

These are the names to watch in the coming years -- the next generation of Apichatpongs and Pen-eks.

The list is in alphabetical order and starts with Alwa Ritsil, whose bloody and violent films like Mofo Life Size Doll and The Witch make him the "dark lord of Thai cinema".

There are directors I actually know, like Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (Francais, Mr. Mee Wanna Go to Egypt) and Sompot Chidgasornpongse Diseases and a Hundred Year Period), whose works I look forward to now, as well as others like Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke (Bodily Fluid Is So Revolutionary) and Prap Boonpan (The White Short Film/The Candle Light) whose films won rave reviews and awards last year.

You can read the article on the Indian Auteur website or in the e-magazine.

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