Bangkok short-film buffs are in for a treat tomorrow night, especially if they were unable to make it to Chiang Mai for the recent Fly Beyond the Barbwire Fence Festival, put on by Friends Without Borders.
Hosted by Filmvirus and the Reading Room, the screening will feature short films made by ethnic minority directors, telling stories of their own.
Among highlights will be “The Misplaced Flower”, about a Karen girl who sells snacks in front of a school. The work of Karen students from Hsa Htoo Lei School and directed by Dapho Moradokphana, it won the Special Elephant Award at last year’s Thai Short Film and Video Festival.
The same youngsters teamed up for a new work, “Last Summer”, about a nine-year-old Karen boy’s life-changing experience. Saw Dah Poe, the scriptwriter and cameraman for on “Misplaced Flower” took over as director, while Dapho shifted handled the lenswork.
The show starts at 7pm tomorrow at the Reading Room, a fourth-floor walk-up venue on Silom Soi 19, opposite Silom Complex.
The Friese-Greene Club – May winds down with a British winner at the Cannes Film Festival, 1971′s rarely seen “The Go-Between”, a period romantic drama starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates. Tomorrow’s final “sexy” movie for the month is 1976′s “In the Realm of the Senses”, a controversial and sexually explicit arthouse romance by Nagisa Oshima. And the month closes out on Sunday with one more “modern musical”, the Bee Gees-infused 1977 classic “Saturday Night Fever” starring John Travolta. Shows are at 8pm. For more details, check FGC.in.th.
Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand – Following last weekend’s screening as part of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre’s Cinema Diverse series, the indie Indian legal drama “Court” comes to the FCCT’s Contemporary World Film Series. Screening at 7pm on Tuesday, it’s about the absurd trial of a elderly activist folksinger whose inflammatory songs are said to have caused a sewage worker to commit suicide. The debut feature of young director Chaitanya Tamhane, the film has won prizes from many festivals, including Venice. Along with the movie, there will be snacks from Spicy by Nature. Admission is Bt150 for non-members plus Bt100 for the spicy treats. For details, check www.FCCThai.com
Italian Film Festival – The first big movie event at the ritzy new EmQuartier mall opens at 8pm next Tuesday with “Leopardi” (“Il giovane favoloso”), a biographical drama about romantic-era poet Giacomo Leopardi. The following night, it’s “The Ideal City” (“La citta ideale”), the directorial debut of actor Luigi Lo Cascio. He also stars in the drama, about an environmentally obsessed architect whose life unravels. And next Thursday gets political with director Roberto Ando’s ironically titled “Long Live Freedom” (“Viva la Liberta”), about a politician (Toni Servillo) who pulls a disappearing act, forcing his minders to replace him with his mentally unstable twin brother (Sevillo again). The festival runs until June 11 at the Quartier CineArt, where tickets can be booked in advance for Bt150, Bt170 and Bt300. For more details, check LaDanteBangkok.com.
Alliance Francaise – Life under the terrifying Islamic State forces comes into focus in 2014′s “Timbuktu”, a drama by Mauritania-based auteur Abderrahmane Sissako (“Bamako”). Set in the Malian city, the story centres on an escalating conflict between a cattle farmer and a fisherman that ends up coming under the auspices of the Jihadists’ kangaroo court. “Timbuktu” was in the main competition at Cannes last year and won two sidebar prizes. It was the first film ever submitted to the Oscars by Mauritania. It screens at 7pm on Wednesday. For more see, AFThailande.org.