Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Countdown blasts off for U.S. release

Thailand's Oscar submission Countdown will get a U.S. release next year by Birch Tree Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Directed by "Baz" Nattawut Poonpiriya and produced by GTH, Countdown is a psychological thriller about three young Thai college students in New York City who are terrorized in their apartment by a crazed, Bible-toting drug dealer named Jesus.

Playing the unhinged Jesus is David Asavanond, who won the best actor at this year's Subhananhongsa Awards. Countdown also won for best screenplay and editing, as well as other awards in Thailand and at festivals abroad. It was screened earlier this year at the New York Asian Film Festival.

Art Birzneck, president and CEO of Birch Tree Entertainment, raves on about Countdown in quotes to THR:

"We are very excited about this acquisition. After seeing the exceptional storytelling skills and visual style of Nattawut Poonpiriya and the breakout performance of David Asavanond, we knew we had discovered a gem. We hope the Academy members will share our enthusiasm."

"We are very happy to continue our relationship with GTH, Thailand's premiere production company," added Birzneck.

Through its Action Slate label, Birch Tree previously released GTH's acclaimed hit 2011 thriller Laddaland on DVD.

(Via 2Bangkok.com)

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