Wednesday, September 8, 2010

PIFF 2010: Eternity in New Currents competition; also Red Eagle, Hi-So and The Little Comedian

Along with Camellia with Iron Pussy and Wisit Sasanatieng, there's three other Thai films making their premieres at at the 15th Pusan International Film Festival: Eternity, Red Eagle and Hi-So.

Eternity (ที่รัก, Tee Rak), a drama from indie director Sivaroj Kongsakul and produced by Aditya Assarat's Pop Pictures, makes its world premiere in competition in the New Currents section of the fest. In Eternity "a man’s life is uniquely explored in three stages: as a young man romancing the woman that will be his wife, as a ghost wandering his childhood home and as a void in the lives of those he left behind."

Now that sounds spooky.

Then there's Red Eagle. Well, it's Red Eagle. What more do you need to know? It's an international festival premiere, playing in the festival's Window on Asian Cinema program. Wisit's superhero vigilante movie, starring Ananda Everingham, opens in Thailand on October 7, same day the festival opens.

Along with Camillia as the closing film, I think Wisit's dance card is going to be pretty full in Busan.

Ananda's probably going to be busy too.

He's in Aditya's Hi-So, which makes its world premiere in the Window on Asian Cinema program. The Wonderful Town director's drama is about "three Thai twentysomethings" who are coasting "through their lives with only uncertainty and restlessness to guide them.

"Hi-So is a universally recognizable portrait of modern, international youth that simultaneously—and awkwardly—belong everywhere and nowhere."

Finally, there's The Little Comedian (Baan Chan ... Talok Wai Gon (Por Son Wai), บ้านฉัน...ตลกไว้ก่อน (พ่อสอนไว้)), the coming-of-age comedy-romance that's also playing in the Window on Asian Cinema program and is also an international festival premiere. It's co-directed by Witthaya Thongyooyong (Fan Chan, The Possible) and Mez Tharatorn, a co-writer on The Possible and the comedic segments of Phobia (In the Middle) and Phobia 2 (In the End). It's about the 12-year-old scion of a family comedy troupe. But he isn't funny. "Facing high expectations, pressure to be hilarious, a disappointed father (Jaturong Mokjok) and a [self-induced] case of acne, Tock finds solace with his first love — his dermatologist (Paula Taylor)."

PIFF runs from October 7 to 15.

(Via Film Business Asia)

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