It's nirvana for film lovers this February and March.
Starting next week, the festival will showcase films from 22 countries across four days and three venues.
From controversial bans to restored classics, it was a big year for Thai film. Here are our five favorite flicks, listed alphabetically.
Buakaw Banchamek, real name Sombat Bunchamek, 34, is the world’s most successful Thai K1 fighter. Following the drama of leaving his old agent and opening his own boxing gym, the prize fighter is now set to play the leading role in a movie. In Bin Bunluerit’s Thongdee Fun Khao, Buakaw plays the part of Phaya Phichai, the ancient Thai warrior hero from the King Taksin era. Here, he opens to BK about his studying, boxing, life in the military and retirement.
Kanittha Kwanyu, 30, made headlines late last year when her debut film, Arpat, which tells the story of a young man forced into the monkhood, was banned following the release of its first trailer. A year later, the movie has been handpicked by the Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand to represent the organization at the 89th Academy Awards (Oscars) in Feb 2017.
S.E.A. Write award writer Prabda Yoon, 43, has made his directorial debut with Motel Mist, which opens in Bangkok on Nov 17 after touring around film festivals worldwide. Here, he opens up about the reality of Thailand’s independent film scene, the mystery around Thai motels, and the future relevance of Article 112.
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Celebrated Chiang Mai-based artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 46, is currently in Bangkok to host a side project at library-slash-art-space The Reading Room called “Soldiers/Senility.” As part of the venue’s ongoing “Sleepover” series of talks, the first event on Oct 3 invited retired-soldiers to discuss the military’s role in Thai society. Apichatpong will follow this on Oct 10 (6:30pm) with a second talk which discusses the topic of aging with a group of senior citizens.
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