Thursday, July 29, 2010

Two Thai shorts at 67th Venice International Film Festival

Woman I
by Nuntanat Duangtisarn and Four Seasons by "Teem" Chaisiri Jiwarangsan are among the selection of medium-length and short films in the Horizons (Orizzonti) section of the 67th Venice International Film Festival.

Revamped for this year, the Orizzonti section is the festival's "laboratory", open to all “extra-format” works, with a "broader and more dynamic overview of the latest forms adopted by the expressive languages used in cinema".

There are four new awards: the Orizzonti Award for full-length films, the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize for full-length films, the Orizzonti Award for short films and the Orizzonti Award for medium-length films.

The Orizzonti jury is chaired by Iranian artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat, with a panel comprised of Tunisian writer-director Raja Amari, Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz (a previous Orizzonti winner for Death in the Land of Encantos, a 2007 special mention, and 2008's Melancholia), Austrian Film Museum director Alexander Horwath and Italian director Pietro Marcello.

The full list of Horizons films is at Variety (cache).

Four Seasons, an 11-minute short by Chaisiri is described as "a portrait of a migrant construction worker on her days off. She goes to a waterfall to rest and let her mind drift." It also portrays "a construction site at night with illuminating lights from the heavy machinery."

Chaisri's previous short My Mother and Her Portrait was featured at the World Film Festival of Bangkok and in Rotterdam. He worked as a stills photographer for Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Primitive project, photos that are subsequently featured in Apitchatpong's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

The maker of Woman I, Nuntanat Duangtisarn, is a young director of music videos, commercials and documentaries. He's trained at editor Lee Chatametikool's Houdini Studio. The 20-minute Woman I features actor Nophand Boonyai with Apichatpong's frequent actress, Jenjira Pongpas.

The Venice International Film Festival runs from September 1 to 11.

Update: Film Business Asia has a list of all the Asian films at Venice.

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