An eclectic grouping of award winning festival films, the
Festival kicks off with the Italian romantic drama, “Per Sophia”. Director
Ilaria Paganelli will attend screenings of her film.
Paresh Mokashi’s debut film, Harishchchandrachi Factory
will be the Festival’s Opening Film. “Factory” was the Indian submission to
the 2010 Academy Awards Foreign Language Films category. Mokashi’s film also
begins a Spotlight on Indian Films that have “gone international”. Festival
will screen the largest grossing film in India last year, “3 Idiots” and the
comedy “Chondi Chok to China” (much of the movie filmed in Thailand).
“We wish to thank the Indian film industry for using
Thailand as a film and tv production base,” said Scott Rosenberg, festival
director. “We are screening not only Indian films, filmed in Thailand but
other international films that have used the wonderful landscapes available
in the Kingdom.”
Once such movie, “The Prince and Me 4: The Elephant
Adventure” will have its Thailand premiere at PFF followed by a concert by
the renowned rap band Thaithanium. Musician/actor Prinya Intachai (who plays
Kah in the movie) is a key member of Thaithanium.
On Saturday and Sunday, June 5 & 6 two benefit screenings
will take place, the movie “Soi Dogs” benefitting the Phuket Soi Dog
Foundation and the UNDP produced “Anatomy of a Recovery”, benefiting the
Chumchonthai Foundation (who work with Sea Gypsies affected by the 2004
The Australian musical/comedy “Bran Nue Dae”will screen
Monday as will Adrian Grenier’s “Teenage Paparazzo”. This will be an
international premiere for “TP”, the first time it has played outside the
Other highlights include the Vietnamese action/thriller
“Bay Rong” (Clash), the controversial USA/Cambodian documentary “Who Killed
Chea Vicea” and the Thailand premiere of “Bitter/Sweet”. Two classic French
movies will screen, “Breathless” and “Princes et Princesses”.
“Many movies have receptions/parties attached”, said
Rosenberg. “We are trying to keep to our objective of having PFF a “sanook”
(fun) festival.” The Festival’s Gala Opening and Awards will be held on
Sunday, June 5th at the Royal Phuket Marina. Event is co-hosted by Global-i-care
and Skippers Restaurant.
The Film Festival will also have an Alternative Lifestyle
Day on Wednesday, June 9 screening Gus Van Sant’s “Milk” and the classic “My
Own Private Idaho”.
A Festival of Short Films screening 5 shorts from around
the world will also play.
New this year will be a Meet the Directors series of
films: a small intimate group of film lovers watching movies with the film’s
director in a beautiful open air location overlooking the ocean at Yamu.
Rounding out the Festival will be the Phuket premiere of
the omnibus “Sawasdee Bangkok” and the World Premi่re of acclaimed Thai
Director Yuthlert Sipapak’s Friday Killers. Director Yuthlert will screen
his “Director’s Cut” of the movie.
Additional information on movies and ticket prices can be
found at www.phuket filmfestival.asia. Tickets go on sale May 16 at the
Coliseum Cineplex in Phuket Town.
Major supporters of the Phuket Film Festival include the
Thai Ministry of Culture, Vijitt Resort, TwoVillas, Yamu, Phuket Beer, Siam
Winery, the Phuket Gazette, Global i Care. Boncafe, Wahoo Boats, Malaysian
Airlines, Finestitch & Co., M Pictures Goodwill Traders and others.
The Phuket Film Festival runs from June 4-13. (PR)