Saturday, July 14, 2012

Festival roundup: Headshot in Dallas, Montreal and New Delhi

Pen-ek Ratanruang's upside-down hitman thriller Headshot continues to make its way around the the festival circuit, with appearances along with many other Thai films at three festivals.

It's at 11th Asian Film Festival of Dallas, which started on Thursday and runs until July 19. In addition to Headshot, AFFD also has Davy Chou's documentary on the lost golden age of Cambodian cinema, Golden Slumbers.

Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, running July 19 to August 9, also has Headshot. It's part of a fun line-up that also includes rapper Joey Boy's hip-hop-horror-zombie-comedy Dead Bite and Prachya Pinkaew's Korean-Thai martial-arts hybrid The Kick.

Finally, back from a two-year hiatus, is the 12th Osian's Cinefan Film Festival, running from July 27 to August 5 in New Delhi. Check Film Business Asia for the line-up. Cinefan has Headshot, making its Indian premiere in the Asian and Arab Competition alongside Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Mekong Hotel.

Another Thai entry in the Osian's fest is Wichanon Somumjarn's In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire. It's in the First Features in Competition. In April recently premiered in Bangkok as part of the MovieMov Italian Film Festival. It screened on a weeknight when I'm always busy working a job-type job and I'm hoping the producers at Electric Eel will be able to wrangle a run for it in Bangkok cinemas, otherwise I'll probably never see it.

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