One of the largest film festivals in Southeast Asia is coming back to Bangkok after a years-long hiatus.
Last held in 2017, the World Film Festival’s Bangkok comeback is sure to delight city cinephiles with its jam-packed lineup of 60 feature films from dozens of countries around the world.
Among the highlights is Return to Seoul, a drama directed by Cambodian-French filmmaker Davy Chou that revolves around a 25-year-old French adoptee who impulsively returns to South Korea for the first time to find her biological family.
Another buzzed-about entry on the lineup is the provocative and sexually explicit Brazilian drama Rule 34 which follows a young law student who spends her days defending the rights of women in domestic abuse cases by day and her nights performing in front of a live sex cam.
No Bears is another can’t-mis film. This entry from Iran explores ideas of freedom and peril through two love stories. The drama was directed by now-jailed filmmaker Jafar Panahi. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in September and received generally positive reviews.
Another must-see is Aftersun. A movie about a relationship between a father and a daughter written and directed by Charlotte Wells, which has won and been nominated at several film festivals around the world including Cannes, Zurich, Melbourne, and Munich to name a few.
The World Film Festival of Bangkok will run from Dec 2 through Dec 11 at the SF World Cinema on the eighth floor of Central World shopping mall.