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Saturday, August 08, 2009
More Thai movies will go the Toronto Intl Film Fest (see the post below): Four, actually, all of them short films that form parts of the 9-movie omnibus "Charming Bangkok" commissioned by TV Thai. The four shorts are "Silence" by Pen-ek Ratanaruang, "Sightseeing" by Wisit Sasanatieng, "P Makham" by Kongdej Jaturanrasamee, and "Bangkok Blues" by Aditya Assarat.
Of course the whole package of nine shorts, 30 minutes each, will go on air onTV Thai,formerly known as Thai PBS, some time soon, but the Toronto festival is eager to premiere the four films made by directors with international profile.
The project "Charming Bangkok" invites nine Thai filmmakers to create nine short movies about Bangkok; it's a carte blanch (at least on paper), meaning the directors has the freedom to portray either the beautiful or the seedy side of the capital, and the result (I've had a sneak preview) displays a layer of cynicism and resigned acceptance, and many sections darkly (or amusingly, in Pen-ek's case) insinuates the street riot during Songkran. Two shorts (Kongdej's and Bandit Rittakol's) are about good-hearted country bumpkins lost in the heartless Bangkok; Pen-ek's part is about a foul-mouthed party girl and a bum of the slums; Wisit's part is about a blind girl and a man who claims to be an angel who helped buil this "City of Angels"; while Aditya Assarat's part is like a dress rehearsal for his next feature film.
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