Thursday, August 19, 2010

Anocha in a White Room, seeking funds in Pusan

Mundane History director Anocha Suwichakornpong's new project called The White Room is among 27 titles chosen for the Pusan Promotion Plan of the Asian Film Market at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival.

Film Business Asia has the full rundown of the announcement and a list of titles.

The Pusan Promotion Plan is a project market that gives filmmakers a chance to meet with potential co-producers, financiers and investors. It runs from October 10 to 13.

Here's more from the PPP website:

The highlights of the PPP this year is the improved quality of projects from returnee directors. Anocha Suwichakornpong, Thailand’s female director known for her film Mundane History (2009), which won the Tiger Award at Rotterdam, will also join Al-Daradji at the PPP. Mundane History (2009) was funded by the Asian Cinema Fund (ACF) for post-production. By returning to Pusan with her new project The White Room, she hopes to find would-be investors.

A returnee herself like Suwichakornpong, Charlotte Lim Lay Keun does not seem to have forgotten the PIFF fever from last year and returns with It Must Be a Camel. PIFF has noticed both Suwichakornpong's and Lim's talents from the beginning and ever since then, it seems like their career as a filmmaker continues to rise.

The White Room is listed as a co-production between Thailand, the U.K. and Japan. The Japanese producer is Kousuke Ono.

Anocha says she wrote the script before Mundane History, back around 2004, and it was accepted to the Script Program at the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2006.

The story is set in England and Japan.

That's another project in the works for Anocha, who is also doing her Bangkok factory-worker drama Dao Khanong (By the Time It Gets Dark), which is among projects backed by the Culture Ministry's Strong Thailand fund and Rotterdam's CineMart.

(Photo via Extra Virgin)

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