Sunday, August 15, 2010

FCCT panel discussion on Monday: Thai Cinema on the World Scene

With the success of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which won the Palme d'Or at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and will be playing at dozens of festivals, there has been a renewed interest in Thai cinema on the world scene.

Uncle Boonmee was only the sixth Asian film to win the top prize at Cannes, and the first for more than 10 years.

At the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand on Monday night, a panel of experts will share their thoughts on where Thai cinema should go from here.

The panel will include director Anocha Suwichakornpong, winner of awards around the world for her latest feature, Mundane History (เจ้านกกระจอก, Jao Nok Krajok), which is screening in Bangkok now as part of the Extra Virgin Director's Screen Project at SFX the Emporium.

Kong Rithdee, film critic and reporter for the Bangkok Post, will also take part.

They'll show trailers and excerpts of movies by Anocha and Apitchatpong as well as Nonzee Nimibutr, MC Chatrichalerm Yukol and others.

The talk starts at 8pm. Admission for non-members is 300 baht. Check The FCCT website for more details.

(Photo via Extra Virgin Director's Screen Project

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