European Union Film Festival 2015 returns to Thailand!
Join the crowd and watch European films from 10 July-9 August in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen.
This year there will be 18 films shown (16 featured films and two short films) from 14 EU Member States! All films are screened in their original languages with Thai and English subtitles.
Admission to all screenings is 120THB/seat in Bangkok, 80THB/seat in Chiang Mai and free of charge in Khon Kaen.
10-19 July @ SF World Cinema, CentralWorld
24 July-2 August @ SFX Cinema, MAYA Lifestyle Shopping Center
7-9 August @ SF Cinema City, Central Plaza Khon Kaen
How to buy/get tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the cinemas’ Box Offices or on-line at www.sfcinemacity.com from 29 June 2015 onwards for the festival in Bangkok (120THB/seat) and from 13 July onwards for the festival in Chiang Mai (80THB/seat). For Khon Kaen, free tickets will be available from 30 minutes before screening at the Festival booth in front of the cinema (first come first serve, maximum two tickets per person per screening).
For the list of films, synopses, trailers, screening programmes in three provinces, please see: http://on.fb.me/1MYT2Sz
Best Film – Teacher’s Diary (Nithiwat Tharatorn)
OK, the writing or acting in this GTH rom-com won’t blow any minds, but we think it’s just about the best Thai film we watched last year. The premise of a guy falling in love with a girl by reading her diary could easily become bloated and bogged down by melodrama, which makes it even more impressive that director Nithiwat Tharathorn (of Seasons Change, the film that cemented GTH’s position as the best Thai film company for many) was able to craft such a well-rounded story. The film has comedy and warm, fuzzy drama in just the right balance, making it a joy—and a breeze—to watch. The beautiful cinematography, which takes full advantage of one of Thailand’s best-preserved natural environments, also deserves praise.
Best Leading Actress -Toei Jarinporn (Timeline)
The female lead in the sequel to 2004’s hit romance film The Letter, Toei is a veteran of Thailand’s film and TV industry, and she brings all that experience to the fore in portraying the lively and optimistic Mut. While Timeline’s script is average at best, Toei instills her character with life and vigor, stealing every scene she’s in. In fact, Toei’s performance is the best thing about the film, hands down.
Best Leading Actor – Ananda Everingham (Concrete Clouds)
Ananda had a quiet 2013, possibly due to the backlash he received from the supremely disappointing 2012 film Shambala. His acting chops, however, have never been in doubt, and he was back to kick ass in 2014’s Concrete Clouds. He fits the role of a foreign exchange student reluctantly called home perfectly, and his body language and mannerisms are as excellent as ever. Expect to see Ananda in every single TV commercial and music video again.
Best Supporting Actress -Marsha Wattanapanich (Love on the Rocks)
Marsha and her entourage of drinking friends are probably the only good thing about this illogical and poorly-thought out film. Her natural charisma and confident mannerisms make her character a joy to watch, even when everything else in the film makes not a lick of sense (let’s not even get started on the irrationality of the two lead characters). It’s a shame that her character only got such limited screen-time, and the second half of the film is infinitely less interesting without her.
Best Supporting Actor(s) – The kids in Teacher’s Diary (Nithiwat Tharatorn)
It would be remiss not to mention all the kids who truly elevated this film from a run-of-the-mill love story into something more meaningful. The children also serve as another bridge between the two main characters, who supposedly never meet, giving them an important role in the overall story. The talent on display is also pretty impressive, with the kids pulling off comedic and dramatic scenes perfectly.
Best Documentary – The Master (Nawapol Thamronrattanarit)
This year, the edgy director of indie gems like 36 and Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy graced us with The Master, a documentary telling the story of Van Video, a humble little store that sold bootleg foreign art-house films back in the 90s and early 00s. The whole movie is basically just a bunch of people talking, answering interview questions with the occasional piece of inserted footage, yet it impressively elicited both laughter and tears from us throughout its run time.
Best Director Mez Tharatorn (I Fine…Thank You… Love You)
It was hardly a bumper year for Thai film, but the one production team you could rely on to deliver the laughs was GTH. As far as box office hits go, I Fine… Thank You… Love You had the second highest opening day for a Thai film ever—no laughing matter. As with his previous film, 2012’s low-budget smash ATM: Er Rak Error, Mez showed a knack for telling a relatable story coated in over-the-top slapstick comedy, this time centering on English lessons and the often-unintended hilarity that ensues. The story isn’t rocket science, but then we’re not all rocket scientists, are we?
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Selected from over 800 globally submitted titles, you can expect the 60 films shown at the festival this year to be the cream of the crop. Screenings are spread over 10 days at SF World Cinema from Nov 15-24. The selected films are categorized into five categories: Asian Contemporary, Cine Latino, Cinema Beat, Doc Feast, Short Wave and a retrospective of Thai veteran actress Jarunee Suksawas.
The festival is also a good chance to catch any films you missed out on like Karaoke Girl, Tang Wong and the controversial documentary Boundary. As for the inter flicks, we’re looking forward to The Cleaner (Peru), The Last Shepherd (Italy) and Instant Mommy (The Philippines). You can also see The Itshmus (Thailand) which premiered at the Busan International Film Festival and is now finally making its Bangkok premieres
The objective of the World Film Festival of Bangkok is to introduce quality, non-mainstream films from all over the world. It aims to become a showcase for independent films and new work from rising talents to cinema masters to show the continuity from generation to generation as a vital component in the development of the film industry.
More than 80 international films are screened at the festival each year, featuring works from the European Union Film Festival, Latin America, Asia and Southeast Asia and included short films, experimental films, documentaries and animation productions – which are considered a new focus of the industry.
Apart from film screenings, there are film-related talks such as Master Class Workshop and other special events. The festival, in co-operation with the Festival of Three Continents and Produire Au Sud from France, also runs a workshop to guide film producers seeking funds for their new projects. At the end of the workshop, the most interesting film projects in Southeast Asia will be selected to receive funds and the makers will be invited to the final selection in France.
With over seven years experience, the World Film Festival of Bangkok has now become a significant film festival in Southeast Asia attracting more film industry and media from all over the world and is also attended by directors, film stars.
The organizers will continue to carry forward the spirit and intent of the festival’s establishment. – that is to make the World film Festival of Bangkok a centre of international films in Bangkok, already famous as one of the world’s capital city’s of culture and entertainment.
Offical webiste: http://www.worldfilmbkk.com/
From Sept 10-15, Elle Thailand will host the Elle Fashion Film Festival, marking the first movie-fest in Thailand on the theme of fashion.
Post International Media managing director Sirimon Na Nagara said with Elle magazine advancing into its third decade soon, and after the ‘‘Burst out Your Style’’ campaign earlier this year, she found that the brand is associated with various aspects of life through fashion. ‘‘Elle magazine is more than just a fashion magazine. It is a part of life and culture. Weaim to be a fashion authority, and for us, fashion is all around. Film and fashion are inseparable — film influences fashion, and vice versa.’’
While it is not easy to define a ‘‘fashion film’’, after hard work and months of preparation, nine films have been selected for the inaugural event, hand-picked by a five-person selection committee, namely Elle Thailand editor-in-chief Panu Sombatyanuchit, SF Corporation’s Suwannee Chinchiawsharn, fashion stylist Araya Indra, Greyhound designer Jitsing Somboon and Bangkok Post film writer Kong Rithdee. None of the chosen films have been officially shown on the big screen in Thailand before.
Panu said that the nine films reflect fashion in different ways. ‘‘Blancanieves, for example, is a Spanish black-and-white silent film based on the fairy tale Snow White. Being black-and-white, we can see the silhouette without the depth that comes with colour, and we can see the mesmerising movement of clothes. A Single Man, the first film directed by Tom Ford, is full of fashion references in great detail. If you like fashion, you will tremendously enjoy these films.’’
Ultimately, the event is aimed at showing how fashion is accessible through lifestyle, according to Panu. ‘‘Fashion is not just on the runways. There are so many ways to look at it, and film is one of them.’’
Sirimon hopes the event, which will take place annually from now on, will inspire Thai people to try and make films that reflect fashion elements as well. ‘‘This year, we feature movies from France, Spain, Canada, the US and China. I wish to see Thai films in the list in the future, and I hope that this event serves as an inspiration for Thai people to embrace fashion and enjoy it through their own interpretation.’’
Fashion film festivals have taken place all around the world, from Croatia to South Korea and from the US to Japan, and the idea has been embraced by fashion and film crowds alike – and audiences who enjoy a thematic approach to movie-going.
ELLE Fashion Film Festival 2013 runs from Sept 10-15 at SFX Cinema, Emporium. Tickets cost 150 baht per seat, with 184 seats available per movie. An art installation will be displayed as a part of the festival at Fashion Avenue, 1st floor, Emporium.
ELLE Fashion Film Festival 2013 schedule:
8:00 PM - Single Man
8:00 PM - Blancanieves
8:00 PM - I Am Love
8:00 PM - L’Amour Fou
2.00 PM - Face
5.00 PM - Color Me love
7.30 PM - Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky
3.00 PM - Heartbeats
8:00 PM - Farewell My Queen
I am Love
“As a young, working class Russian, Emma (Tilda Swinton) is whisked away to marriage and life in the aristocracy of Milan. She dutifully raises her kids and organizes huge dinners and parties at their mansion as the Rechhi’s entertain business clients and their own family. It is during these parties that we realize Emma is technically part of the family, but really is still an outsider. She escapes to her own space once the events are running smoothly.
Being an avid cook herself, she easily clicks with a brilliant young chef introduced to the family by her own son. Very little doubt where it’s headed at this point as Emma unleashes the pent up energy she has been forced to hide. While we are very aware that the upper crust has learned to look the other way with infidelity, that’s not the case with the Rechhi’s and their Russian wife/mother.
The brilliance in the film is that it shows how the younger generation doesn’t really fit any better than Emma. The difference is that they are part of the fabric and will be allowed more rope than an outsider. Still it is painful to watch Emma and her son, who can’t quite adapt to the family business. Better yet, to watch her with her daughter, who confesses her preference for other women. Emma sees herself in these two, but doesn’t have the same freedom. Her best ally is the caretaker who seems to understand the multiple levels on which this family functions.
Fascinating interactions and complex writing make this a film for film lovers. There is so little dialogue, but so much is said with a glance or head nod.” (by imdb.com)
“The curtain rises on a despondent George (Firth) having lost his longtime partner. Sapped of energy and will, he struggles to wake each day and function as the brilliant college professor he’s expected to be. Few notice the change in him, but one student sees George as a magnet pulling him forward to a place even he doesn’t understand. Kenny (Hoult) seems to glow like an angel in George’s dark world and, yet, is a puzzle and presents a challenge which he doesn’t necessarily want to confront at this stage in his life. As is his custom, he turns to Charlotte (Moore) for a warm shoulder but the temperature drops amidst the chill surrounding George’s bleak existence.
Everything about this film — the look, colors, pacing, shots, composition, cinematography, costumes, soundtrack — says that an extraordinary amount of love and care went into it. Special mention to director of photography Eduard Grau and editor Joan Sobel for their keen abilities to work lockstep with Ford in projecting his vision onto the screen. Abel Korzeniowski’s score is haunting and moving. Despite his design genius, Ford was generous enough to entrust costume designer Arianne Phillips with the freedom to work unencumbered. Production designer Dan Bishop, with art direction by Ian Phillips and set decorator Amy Wells, created two worlds — a cold, stark one in which George sees only hopelessness, and another warm, colorful one in which he has hope.
What stays with the viewer, though, is the enigmatic friendship between George and Kenny. Nicholas Hoult is absolutely mesmerizing in this. The way Ford shot him made people gasp. He’s lit, framed, and shot like an Adonis. Of course, that’s the idea here. This will definitely be a break out role for the 19-year-old. The camera loves him, and it’s a pretty daring performance.
Most of all, this is a tour de force for Firth and a stunning achievement which is destined to be a highlight of his distinguished career. The range of emotions and the extent to which his character must convey them through his eyes and facial expressions, with the copious use of long takes without dialogue, left me wide-eyed with wonder.” (imdb.com)
Moviemov Italian Film Festival, a showcase for the most representative Italian movies of the current year, brings to Asia only films unreleased in the host countries. Seven movies of the season 2012|2013 will be screened every day complemented with specific promotional activities, including the participation of famous Italian directors and actors to Q&A sessions with the press and the audience and meetings with the students. The program will include a retrospective dedicated to one of the most famous cinema Master and a Thai showcase.
All screenings are free entrance with Thai/Eng subtitles
See the whole schedule here
Pictures from Short Films Thailand Cultural Festival 2013 Gala.
19th April 2013