Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Chang & Eng, Past Love in Hong Kong Asia Financing Forum

Two Thai projects have been chosen for this year's Hong Kong Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF). Ekachai Uekrongtham is seeking to adapt his stage musical Chang & Eng while film editor Lee Chatametikool wants funds for his first feature, Past Love.

Screen Daily has the complete list of projects.

Ekachai's English-language musical Chang & Eng, about the original Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker, was staged in Singapore in 1997. The film project is a joint production between Thailand, Singapore and the U.S.

Past Love, listed as a Thai-U.S. production, would be the first feature directed by Lee Chatametikool, whose name should ring out if you've watched the credits to just about any Thai film. These include Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Syndromes and a Century, Tropical Malady and Blissfully Yours, Aditya Assarat's Wonderful Town and Malaysian director Chris Chong's Karaoke. Lee collaborated closely in structuring Anocha Suwichakornpong's Mundane History, and she's producing Past Love.

Other Southeast Asian productions include Betok by Sherman Ong and producer Tan Bee-thiam, The Arrival by Singapore's Tan Pin-pin, The Immense Floating Life by Binh Nguyen Phan Quang from Vietnam, Twins by Sherad Anthony Sanchez from the Philippines and Women and Children First by Malaysia's Ho Yuhang.

HAF is set for March 22 to 24, during the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

(Via Wildgrounds, Screen Daily)

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