John Torres given shelter in Bangkok
One of the more interesting filmmakers to emerge from the Filipino New Wave, John Torres works are a collage of video, photographs and cinema, mixing searing self-confessionals and personal memories with the tumultuous history his country.
Next weekend, Bangkok movie lovers get a chance to see all the films of Torres in a two-day event, “A Child Outside: Retrospective to John Torres”, put on by Filmvirus, which previously brought another Filipino indie stalwart, Lav Diaz, to Bangkok.
With support from the Japan Foundation, the retrospective will present Torres’ short films and all his features on June 27 and 28 at the Reading Room on Silom Soi 19.
Up first will be a selection of shorts, made from 2004 to 2011, and his two 2008 autobiographical features, “Todo Todo Teros”, which blended found footage and home-video clips, and won several awards, “Years When I was a Child Outside”, which won an award at the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2008.
The June 28 line-up has his two dramatic features, 2010′s “Refrains Happen Like Revolutions in a Song”, about a young woman who takes on different roles as she travels from village to village, and 2013′s “Luka the Strange”, a coming-of-age yarn about an awkward teenager coming to grips with his manhood just as a film crew comes to his village.
And Torres himself will close off the event with a talk. Shows start at 1pm.
For further details, check www.facebook.com/cafelme.
The Friese-Greene Club – “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.” Words to heed from one of the three characters played by the great Peter Sellers in Stanley Kubrick’s Cold War satire “Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”. It screens at 8 tonight. Tomrrow’s food-themed movie is Ang Lee’s 1994 breakthrough “Eat Drink Man Woman”. And Sunday’s Spielberg is the original summer blockbuster, “Jaws”. Get a bigger boat and float on over. The month starts winding down next Wednesday with one more “boundary pushing” entry, 1979′s “The Tin Drum”, and one more Costa-Gravas, 1997′s “Mad City”, in which a fast-talking reporter (Dustin Hoffman) becomes an intermediary for a hostage-taking security guard (John Travolta). Shows are at 8pm. For details, check FGC.in.th.
Alliance Francaise – In 1979, a pair of young cousins pose as a married couple as they see the sights behind the Iron Curtain. But by night, they meet with “refuseniks”, Russian Jews who are persecuted for trying to leave the Soviet Union. It’s “Les Interdits” (“Friends from France”), screening at 7pm on Wednesday. For details, check AFThailande.org/