Thursday, January 17, 2013

Boundary to debut in Berlinale Forum

Nontawat Numbenchapol's Boundary will make its world premiere at the 43rd International Forum of New Cinema, which is a sidebar of the Berlin International Film Festival.

The Thai-Cambodian production, also called Fahtum Pandinsoong, pushes the hot-button topic of Preah Vihear, the ancient Angkorian temple that's perched on the border between the two countries. Nationalist Thai groups have protested the border demarcation that handed Preah Vihear to Cambodia, and used the topic to politically tarnish various Thai governments. There have even been military skirmishes between the two countries in recent years.

Nontawat's movie focuses on residents of the troubled border area. He received support for his project in 2011 from the Asian Network of Documentary's DMZ Fund.

Nontawat exhibited a related video installation and research materials in a show called DIG at the Messy Project Space in Bangkok. The show wrapped up last month.

The Forum line-up follows a previous announcement about another Thai film, Kongdej Jaturanrasmee's Tang Wong taking part in Berlinale's Generations program.

The Berlinale Forum runs from February 7 to 17.

(Via Film Business Asia)

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