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JAN DARA- One more Version of Famous Thai Erotic Tale

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‘JAN DARA’-  Steamiest  Version of  Famous Thai Erotic Tale       I'm just back from the premiere of the steamiest  version of  possibly  the steamiest (and cruellest) novel in Thai literature  'Jan Dara' . The story of  a  sex-crazed house where a father despises his son and  sexually lures every woman he encounters, of older women who seduce young boys, of  maids who beckon virgin-masters, and  servants who violate virgin mistresses.  This is not a ...

Film Festivals Galore,in Bangkok--!

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  Bangkok  seems to have become a movie-hub, judging by the numerous  film festivals that have been spinning  in the city, almost back-to-back, this year.The Embassies have mostly been  responsible for these , and deserve  credit for whipping up the cinematic pulse of the city.Apart from the French, Italian  and EU film festivals ,which have become regular events in the cinema-calendar of the country  (they are held in both Bangkok and Chiangmai), this year,  we had new festivals from ...

Apichatpong Weerasethakul will preside the Jury for the Locarno competition

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Thai director, screenwriter, producer and videomaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul will be Jury President for the Concorso internazionale (International competition) at the 65th Festival del film Locarno.   © Chaisiri Jiwarangsan Born in 1970, Apichatpong Weerasethakul holds a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Apichatpong Weerasethakul has come to be recognized as one of the most original v...

Thai Cinema Night at Cannes

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Thai Cinema Night took off on day three of the Cannes Film Festival. A special screening of Mekong Hotel, the latest film of the 2010 Palme d'Or recipient Apichatpong Weerasethakul preceded the event. In the audience of the Salle de Soixante was French veteran film director Agnes Varda. The film touches on the theme of reincarnation of his previous film LUNG BOONMEE RALUEK CHAT (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). Another of his films featured at Cannes was Tropical Malady (2004).C...

'Thai Night Cannes 2012'

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    'Thai Night' On Friday, May 18th, 2012, her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi spoke to press and invited guests at the prestigious ‘Thai Night’ event during the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The event took place at the Grand Salon of the Intercontinental Carlton and was held to honor and promote filmmaking in Thailand. New Thai Cinema has recently put itself on the map with a burgeoning of national Thai cinema which became mo...

Thai Night Cannes 2012

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'Thai Night' On Friday, May 18th, 2012, her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi spoke to press and invited guests at the prestigious ‘Thai Night’ event during the 65th Cannes Film Festival. The event took place at the Grand Salon of the Intercontinental Carlton and was held to honor and promote filmmaking in Thailand. New Thai Cinema has recently put itself on the map with a burgeoning of national Thai cinema which became most famous with the 2010 ...

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is presenting the new LomoKino camera in Cannes today and discussing his short Ashes

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  Filmmaker and 2010 Palme d’Or winner, Apichatpong Weerasethakul is presenting the new MUBI edition LomoKino camera in Cannes today (Saturday 19 May), and discussing his new short film ASHES, which he shot on a LomoKino. The first ever clone of the popular hand-cranked analogue movie camera is designed by MUBI and endorsed and signed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.  His 20 minute short film ASHES shot on the camera is a first step into production by MUBI, the global online film pla...

Thai Cinema Night at Cannes

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Thai Cinema Night took off on day three of the Cannes Film Festival.  A special screening of Mekong Hotel, the latest film of the 2010 Palme d'Or recipient Apichatpong Weerasethakul preceded the event. In the audience of the Salle de Soixante was French veteran film director Agnes Varda.  The film touches on the theme of reincarnation of his previous film LUNG BOONMEE RALUEK CHAT (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). Another of his films featured at Cannes was Tropical Malady (...

Thai Cinema Night at Cannes

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Thai Cinema Night took off on day three of the Cannes Film Festival.  A special screening of Mekong Hotel, the latest film of the 2010 Palme d'Or recipient Apichatpong Weerasethakul preceded the event. In the audience of the Salle de Soixante was French veteran film director Agnes Varda.  The film touches on the theme of reincarnation of his previous film LUNG BOONMEE RALUEK CHAT (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives). Another of his films featured at Cannes was Tropical Malady (2004...

'MEKONG HOTEL' in Cannes

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  Country: THAILAND, UNITED KINGDOM Year: 2012 Duration: 61.00 minutes Thai Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who took home the 2010 Palme d’Or for his film ‘UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (2010)’, returns to Cannes two years later to present his latest work, 'MEKONG HOTEL' (2012). 'MEKONG HOTEL' is an experimental film featuring the director himself as he works with cast and crew on another of his films called: 'THE ECSTACY GARDEN'. Tr...

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'MEKONG HOTEL' in Cannes

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  Country: THAILAND, UNITED KINGDOM Year: 2012 Duration: 61.00 minutes Thai Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who took home the 2010 Palme d’Or for his film ‘UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES (2010)’, returns to Cannes two years later to present his latest work, 'MEKONG HOTEL' (2012). 'MEKONG HOTEL' is an experimental film featuring the director himself as he works with cast and crew on another of his films called: 'THE ECSTACY GARDEN'. Tr...

Thai cinema and the Thai film industry to shine during Thai Night 2012

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Cannes' Thai Night 2012 Friday May 18th, 2012 at 6:00pm Grand Salon, Intercontinental Carlton Cannes     Presided by Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, Thai Night 2012 will be the occasion to celebrate another banner year for Thai cinema. Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul is back in the official selection with "Mekong Hotel".  Also present in Cannes this year is an ec...

CineFest Lineup

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  CineFest Compliments Captivating Lineup of Cinema with a Smorgasbord of Exciting Events -Thursday, April 7, 2011 - Thursday, April 14, 2011- While 65 films from over 17 countries - 2 World Premieres, 1 USA Premiere, and 7 East Coast Premieres would be enough for most people, it's the events that get many folks excited. And this year's CineFest is bursting at the proverbial seams with them! From Tony Jaa! Fest at The Piazza at Schmidt's and an all-day street fair at Dock Street...

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL, 'Joe', gives a Q and A after his screening of 'Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives'   see interview with Apichatpong Weerasethakul here: http://www.fest21.com/en/blog/vanessa_mcmahon/interview_with_apichatpong_weerasethakul     photo by: Dimitra Fourkalidou  

APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL

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 MASTERCLASS APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul delivered a masterclass on Wednesday, December 8th at John Cassavetes Theater, within the framework of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival and presented his entire body of work as a filmmaker, as well as a short film and multimedia project artist. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Director, Mr. Dimitris Eipides welcomed the artist and expres...

Masterclass with Apichatpong Weerasethakul at Thessaloniki

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This year's winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Apichatpong Weerasethakul delivered a masterclass on Wednesday, December 8th at John Cassavetes Theater, within the framework of the 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival and presented his entire body of work as a filmmaker, as well as a short film and multimedia project artist. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival Director, Mr. Dimitris Eipides welcomed the artist and expressed his joy over the filmmaker's presenc...

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Guest of Honor of the first edition of the 4 +1 Film Festival

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The Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, winner of the Golden Palm at the last Cannes Film Festival and the Jose Luis Guarner Critics Award at Sitges with Uncle Boonmee who can Recall his Past Lives (2010) -which has also been proposed as a candidate for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film by Thailand -will be the Guest of Honor of the first edition of the 4+1 Film Festival FUNDACION MAPFRE. This event - which will be held simultaneously in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Madrid and Sao Paulo...

Asian Cinema Showcase at MoMA

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(A LETTER TO UNCLE BONMEE, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand)    September is only 9 days old, and already the pace of the worldwide film scene is in high gear. As the Venice International Film Festival goes into its final weekend, the excitement is just starting today at the Toronto International Film Festival. Add to that an excellent regional event on the lux island of Martha's Vineyard in Cape Cod, the Martha's Vineyard International Film Festival (www.mvfilmsociety.org), a...

Cannes Prize Winner Coming to USA

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  Sometimes even a Palme d'Or from the Cannes Film Festival is NOT enough to guarantee US theatrical distribution. The Thai film UNCLE BOONMEE has been distributor-less for 2 months since winning the Festival's top prize. But word now comes out of Los Angeles that veteran distribution company Strand Releasing has acquired all US rights to Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES. Strand has released three of Weerasethakul’s previous films includ...

Phuket Film Festival 2010 Names Award Winners

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  Lower than expected theater attendance, a reluctance to travel to "town" to view movies, a need by organizers to cut financial losses by releasing screening equipment early (equipment that was costing nearly 30,000 Baht a day) shortening the Festival to 7 days from 10 and underfunding, (Festival was supported by one private sector source with only a 300,000 Baht grant from the Thai government) all led to the poor performance of the 2010 Phuket Film Festival. Due to t...

World Cinema Fund with Three Films in Cannes

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Three films funded by the Berlinale’s World Cinema Fund (WCF) have been invited to the Festival de Cannes: Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chaat (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul will be screening in the Competition. In October 2008, the WCF-Jury recommended funding this film project. Its German partner is Match Factory.    Another WCF-funded film, The Light Thief by Aktan Abdykalikov from Kyrgyzstan (German partner: Pallas Films), will be screeni...

The Phuket Film Festival will screen acclaimed Thai director Yuthlert Sippapak's Friday Killer as it

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The Phuket Film Festival will screen acclaimed Thai director Yuthlert Sippapak's Friday Killer as its closing film, Sunday, June 13 2010. This will be a World Premier for director Sippapak's first movie in The Killers Trilogy.Director, writer, and producer Yuthlert Sippapak has received international recognition for his daring visual style and unconventional screenwriting. His film credits include Killer Tattoo (2001), February (2003), and Buppah Rahtree (2003) which is one of Thailand’s highe...

Thessaloniki Retrospective to the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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  On the occasion of the selection of his latest film for the 2010 Cannes IFF Competition section, the 51st TIFF would like to announce a complete Retrospective to the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, organized by the Independence Days section with the invaluable help of the director himself.  The Thessaloniki Film Festival has long been a promoter of Weerasethakul's work, having previously screened several of his films.   The Thai film director's newest, Uncle Boonmee wh...

Thai Film Pioneer At POFF

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The 13th edition of POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held in the Estonian capital, kicked off a 10-day marathon of film premieres, special events and industry meetings with the premiere of the American indie hit (500) DAYS OF SUMMER last night. Today, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thai film director and jury member of the EurAsia Competition program, will hold a press conference prior to the presentation tomorrow evening of his latest film NYMPH. The director has been one of the innovators in...

Thai Film Pioneer At POFF

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  The 13th edition of POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival held in the Estonian capital, kicked off a 10-day marathon of film premieres, special events and industry meetings with the premiere of the American indie hit (500) DAYS OF SUMMER last night. Today, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thai film director and jury member of the EurAsia Competition program, will hold a press conference prior to the presentation tomorrow evening of his latest film NYMPH. The director has been on...
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