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Monday, August 03, 2009
Thai films in Toronto Film Fest
It's the biggest cine-jamboree in North America: The Toronto Intl Film Festival takes place this year from Sept 10 to 19. The fest screens nearly 500 films every year and functions as a launchpad for a number of Oscar-hopeful American titles. At the same time, it's considered a prestigious festival that chamipons quality, audacious Asian films.
Three Thai films were selected by the Toronto programmers this year: "Ong-bak 2" will get a Midnight Madness slot; "Nymph", by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, lands in the Vision section; and lastly, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 17-minute short film "A Letter to Uncle Boonmee" has a berth in the Wavelenghts section. "Uncle Boonmee" is a part of the multi-media, multi-film, multi-perception project initiated by Thialand's internationally renowned filmmaker/visual artist. Apichatpong is reportedly beginning the shoot of the feature-length version called "Uncle Boonmee Who Recalls His Past Lives" before the end of the year (latest I heard, he was looking for a village in Isaan where the whole film would be set, and I believe he's jsut found it).
Other Asian films in Toronto this year includes, among others, "Karaoke", a languid family drama from Malaysia; "Face", a vibrant tableau shot in Paris by Taiwanese Tsai Ming-liang; "Indepependia", a surreal black-and-white chronicle of the Philippines during the American occupation, by director Raya Martin.
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