Sunday, June 27, 2010

Samui Film Festival announces opening party, plants Uruphong's Stories from the North in lineup

The second annual Samui Film Festival will have its grand-opening party at Beach Republic in Lamai on Thursday, August 5.

"Meet and mingle with film lovers, directors and VIPs ... at the chic and uniquely designed ocean club," says the festival press release.

Attendees will be treated to a live audio-visual performance by local artists and a feature-movie screening.

Doors open at 6. Tickets are 250 baht with a complimentary drink or dinner and a movie is 800 baht.

The Samui Film Festival then runs from August 6 to 8 at Tamarind Springs Forest Spa. The open-air festival features "a roster of inspiring and exquisite hand-selected films from around the world."

The lineup of mostly documentaries that focus on spiritual matters and environmental issues includes Uruphong Raksasad's Stories from the North (เรื่องเล่าจากเมืองเหนือ), a 2005 collection of short documentaries. Here's more:

The footage forms a cinematic collage of life in the northern Thai village where he grew up. The film captures the details of everyday situations from the most fundamental and commonplace – from the village to city life – to more intriguing moments such as the bicycle club formed by the village elders. Uruphong’s roots in the village allows him to achieve a rare intimacy with his neighbors – while some footage are contemplative and observational, at other times his camera gets both literally and emotionally as close to his subjects as it could be.

It's a fantastic addition to the lineup and a great opportunity to see an earlier work by the director of Agrarian Utopia.

Check the festival website for the rest. And there's more to come.

The Samui Film Festival has also joined in a partnership with the Disposable Film Festival and will screen a selection of “enviro shorts” shot on "disposable video" – one-time use video cameras, cellphones, point-and-shoot cameras, webcams, computer-screen capture software, etc.

The full schedule is expected sometime next month.

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