Friday, March 4, 2016

In Thai cinemas: Love Say Hey and the return of the 9FilmFest

High-school seniors have to figure out how to balance love, friendship and their studies as they work to make a film together for their graduation project in Love Say Hey .. Yaak Say Wa Rak Ther (เลิฟเซเฮ.. อยากเซว่ารักเธอ).

Napat Jaitientum directs. He previously directed the gay romances, last year's Love Love You and 2014's Love's Coming.

Tomorrow, the 9FilmFest returns, with a screening of this year's finalist entries at the Friese-Greene Club, which is really just perfect for 9FilmFest because it has just nine seats in its boutique cinema. The show starts at 8. For more details, check the Facebook event page.

After taking a hiatus of a year or so, the 9FilmFest organized an online contest. Here are this year's winners:

  • Best film: Uncle Aunty, Pankul Gupta, India
  • Best director: Accomodations, Mikos Zavros, USA
  • Best script: The Radio, Nuttorn Kungwanklai, Thailand
  • Best cineatography: The Blue Room, Alhamdu LiLlah, Germany
  • Best actress: Richa Kapoor, Uncle Aunty
  • Best actor: Vijay Kalia, Uncle Aunty

Other finalists were Benjamin, Fish and Ice Cream by Mehmaz Rezvanfard from Iran; Flour Thailand-based John Lamond, The Most Beautiful Girl by Katon Thammavijidej of Thailand, In the Silence by Aroonakorn Pick of Thailand and Let Go by Sean Nellis of the UK.

For more information, check, and see the 9FilmFest YouTube channel for this year's finalist entries.

Other happenings in Thai cinemas this week include the first 3D screenings at the Thai Film Archive on Saturday, which will show Pina and Every Thing Will Be Fine as part of Wim Wenders: A Retrospective, German Film Week at Paragon Cineplex and new experimental short films from around the world in Signes De Nuit in Bangkok at the Reading Room.

That's all in addition to usual new film openings, including Hail, Caesar!, London Has Fallen and the South Korean thriller Office.

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