Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Nawapol happy twice over with Venice premiere

Still from Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy via Facebook.

Selected for production from the Venice Biennale College – Cinema project, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit's sophomore feature Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy will premiere at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.

Formerly The Year of June, the film follows the life of a Bangkok schoolgirl, based on her Twitter status. It's produced by Pop Pictures' Aditya Assarat.

Two other micro-budget projects were also selected for production in the Biennale College project, Memphis by Tim Sutton from the U.S. and Yuri Esposito by Italy's Alessio Fava.

Nawapol made his debut feature, the highly experimental drama 36, last year. It won the New Currents Award in Busan and was awarded in Thailand by the Bangkok Critics Assembly, the Thai Film Director Association and the Kom Chad Luek Awards.

The young filmmaker's varied career so far has seen him making award-winning experimental independent short films and writing award-winning commercial-hit screenplays for major Thai studios, including Home, The Billionaire and Bangkok Traffic Love Story.

You can read more about Nawapol in a BK Magazine article, which names him among the "13 New Faces You Need to Watch This Year".

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy is expected to have a theatrical release in Thailand in December.

The Venice International Film Festival runs from August 28 to September 7. Film Business Asia details the other Asian films in the official selection.

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