Bangkok Screening Room Pride Film Weekend 2020
Bangkok Screening Room has been hosting the week-long LBGT+ film festival annually 2018 to present its movie geek crowd with alternative flavours. This year, despite the difficulties caused by COVID, the indie theatre is still hosting its event but on two dates. On June 27 and 28, with the help of the Documentary Club, BKKSR is screening four cinematic pieces for the official Pride Film Weekend 2020. With half the films from Thailand and the rest from international directors, both English and Thai subtitles will be available for each film to ensure enjoyment for all.
Here are the films screening this weekend:
1/4 Summertime (2016), Catherine Corsini
This French-Belgian romantic drama by Catherine Corsini is simultaneously sensual and elegant. After moving from the countryside to Paris, Delphine gets acquainted with Carole, a leader of the feminist movement. The two fall in love against the backdrop of women's emancipation in 1971, France. Delphine, however, is ultimately forced to choose between her family back in the country or her love in the capital.
Saturday, June 27, 11:30am
Sunday, June 28, 7:45pm
2/4 It Gets Better (2012), Tanwarin Sukkhapisit
Tanwarin Sukkhapisit shows us the complex nature of love and sexuality in It Gets Better. Three characters go on a journey, learning more about themselves and each other. Saitarn, a retired transexual, questions if the man she loves can see beyond her past, while Tonmai questions his sexuality as he falls for a tomboy ladyboy from the bar he inherits. Din's father sents him away to become a monk to hopefully fix his feminine nature, only to have him face more turmoil.
Saturday, June 27, 2pm (with director Q&A)
Sunday, June 28, 5:15pm
3/4 The Blue Hour (2015), Anucha Boonyawatana
Another Thai film on the list, The Blue Hour is a tale of love, distress and the supernatural. The plot centres around Tam, a bullied loner who finds a haven in Phum's embrace. The two meet at a haunted swimming pool where Phum reveals that his family's land was stolen. While the couple dream of a life together on the disputed plot, Tam struggles to stay in touch with reality.
Saturday, June 27, 5pm
Sunday, June 28, 3pm
4/4 Farewell My Concubine (1993), Chen Kaige
Farewell My Concubine is an adaptation of the novel by Lilian Lee and an all-time favourite within the Chinese-speaking world. Following the life of two revered Peking opera actors since childhood, their relationship grows and shatters because of the Cultural Revolution. The movie is a painful blend of tradition, revolution and human emotions.
Saturday, June 27, 7:30pm
Sunday June 28, 11:30am
Tickets for each screening are 200 baht for normal visitors, 170 baht for students and 160 baht for members. For more information, visit bkksr.com.
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