On Saturday, Nawapol Thamrongratanarit's 36 _ his first long film _ won the New Currents Award at Busan International Film Festival, and the victory capped a year that has seen young Thai independent directors making their marks on the global film scene.
Nawapol Thamrongratanarit’s 36.
Contemporary Thai cinema found its international footing in the early 2000s with a league of talents _ Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Wisit Sasanatieng, Nonzee Nimibutr _ who elevated the profile of homegrown movies and proved that Siamese films matter. Now that those erstwhile mavericks are enshrined, for the past few years Thai cinema has been looking for the "second-wave" _ not just a lone wolf but a group of film-makers who can make a collective impact _ to keep the pendulum swinging.
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