Thursday, September 4, 2014

World premieres set for So Be It, W at Busan

A new feature by Kongdej Jaturanrasmee and the debut of Chonlasit Upanigkit will have world premieres at the Busan International Film Festival, alongside international debuts for two other Thai films and more.

Kongdej's boyhood drama So Be It, which was backed the festival's Asian Cinema Fund for post-production, is about a pair of boys, one a seven-year-old Thai-American who wants to be a monk and an  11-year-old hill-tribe kid who was forced to spend his entire life at a provincial temple. "From radically different backgrounds, the two look to find themselves through Buddhism."

Chonlasit, a film editor on past-year Busan entries Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy and 36, makes his feature debut behind the lens with W. "University pals Neung, Ploy and Ton face their uncertain futures in this collegiate epic winding through their intertwining lives," says the synopsis. "Director Chonlasit’s graduation project taps into the anxieties of contemporary twenty something and best friends struggling with choices they didn’t always want to make."

Both So Be It and W are in the Window on Asian Cinema, alongside two other Thai entries, indie director Parm Rangsri's Fah Gam Toh (ฟ้าแก้มโต), which opens in Thai cinemas today, and Nithiwat Tharatorn's hit GTH romance The Teacher's Diary (คิดถึงวิทยา, Kid Tueng Wittaya). Parm, following up his drama Daddy's Menu, reteams with comedian Ping Lumpraplerng for a fatherhood drama about a faded veteran singer who is struggling to recapture his stardom.

More Thai films are in the Wide Angle line-up, with the coming-of-age drama That Day of the Month by Jirassaya Wongsutin making its debut in the Asian Short Film Competition.

Another world premiere will be The Singers, a new work by Nonzee Nimibutr, in the Short Film Showcase. It's about an elderly singer who decides to teach her money-grubbing grandkids a lesson. She takes off and ends up hanging out with a another singer, much-poorer, who has just been arrested for peddling old CDs without a permit.

And in the Documentary Showcase, it's Y/our Music, a U.K.-Thai production by Waraluck Every and David Reeve that surveys nine non-mainstream musicians, from "rice field to leftfield".

The 19th Busan International Film Festival runs from October 2 to 11.

(Thanks Soros!)

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