Tuesday, January 15, 2013

9FilmFest winners heading to Jaipur

Five winning entries from last year's heart-themed Amazing Thailand 9FilmFest are headed to the fifth Jaipur International Film Festival.

Among the selection is Wattanapong Wongwan's Video Call, the top-prize winner at 2012's 9FilmFest. Using a screen-within-a-screen technique, it traces the video-call relationship between a man and his girlfriend. She turns jealous when he mysteriously takes too long to answer her call.

Also headed to Jaipur is last year's honorable-mention winner Numberman in Love, Japanese director Eiji Shimada's followup to the prize-winning 2011 9FilmFest entry.

Another Jaipur-bound honorable mention winner is Sugimasa Yamashita's bizarre Love Cookies, which depicts a strange world in which people's (and dog's) love for each other is manifested in heart-shaped cookies magically appearing out of their shirt pockets.

Narongchai Parthumsuwan's Grand Prize winner Friend traces the life of a young Thai man who dresses as a Japanese superhero. He meets an online friend from Japanese who also dresses as a masked superhero.

The Jaipur selection is rounded out with Where the Heart Is by Rattha Buranadilok and Thammaruja Dharmasaroja, which won the cinematography prize at last year's 9FilmFest.

The Jaipur International Film Festival runs from January 30 to February 3.

Meanwhile, keep track of the 2013 edition of the 9FilmFest on Facebook. The theme for this year's crop of 9-minute-long entries is "waterway".

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