Sunday, May 2, 2010

Terracotta Far East Film Festival serves up Meat Grinder, Phobia

The second edition of the Terracotta Far East Film Festival gets under way on Thursday in London, with two Thai thrillers in appetizing late-night screenings at the Prince Charles Cinema.

First up on Friday night is the U.K. premiere of director Tiwa Moeithaisong's Meat Grinder (Cheuat Gon Chim, เชือด ก่อน ชิม), the controversial psychological thriller starring Mai Charoenpura. She's a troubled woman who serves up beef noodle soup that doesn't necessarily have beef as its main ingredient.

Saturday night is the U.K. premiere of Phobia (See Phrang), the "four intersections" horror-thriller anthology released by GTH in 2008. It feature segments veteran director Yongyoot Thongkontoon and young turks Paween Purijitpanya (Body #19) and the Shutter/Alone pair of Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom.

Phobia gets a big-screen look before coming out on DVD in the U.K. on May 10, the day after the four-day Terracotta fest wraps.

Other titles include the documentary on lensmen Christopher Doyle, In the Mood for Doyle. It opens with Jackie Chan's Little Big Soldier and has the Hong Kong martial-arts drama Bodyguards and Warriors, Soi Cheang's taut thriller Accident, Yoshihiro Nakamura's Fish Story and the South Korean "gay cake store musical" Antique.

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