Film Events Not To Be Missed In Bangkok This August-September
August and September in Bangkok is shaping up to be the season for independent films as plenty of special local screenings and film festivals are taking place—in addition to highly anticipated theatrical releases. With events popping up left and right from random sources, we've compiled them all in one place for you here, so you don't miss a thing. See you at the cinema.
1/6 World Film Series Opening Film: 'Ready To Roll, Exterminator'
The World Film Series marks a new partnership with Chulalongkorn University's Faculty of Communication Arts with the screening of Polish film Ready To Roll, Exterminator at 6pm on Monday, August 26, at the legendary Dr Tiam Chokwadhana Auditorium. Directed by Michal Rogalski, Ready To Roll prescribes the comedic events following a former heavy metal band's attempt reform after having been broken up for a decade. The screening is supported by the Embassy of Poland, who will kindly host an after-reception with snacks and refreshments.
Admission is free, so hurry and reserve your seats by emailing email@example.com. See Facebook event here.
2/6 Araki's Life By Film: Curator Talk And Screening
Starting this month, Leica Gallery Bangkok is presenting an exhibition on Japanese photographer's Nobuyoshi Araki's life and works. Famous for his revolutionary erotic photography, Araki, aged 79, has created new works to be shown at Leica Gallery Bangkok from August 29 to November 27. Included with the exhibition is a short film titled Life by Film, which will be screening on Wednesday, August 28 only from 3:30pm to 6pm at the newly renovated Lido Movie Theatre 1, along with a curator's talk.
All parts of the exhibition are free admission, but seats to the master's film are extremely limited, so register now. Special merchandise will also be available for purchase.
3/6 'Island Fever' Short Movie Premiere At Whiteline
A boutique video production company that's a regular crowd favourite at the annual 60 Second Film Festival in Bangkok, Fat Mango Videos is releasing a new short film project starring heartthrobs Madi Ross and Joseph Angelo at Whiteline on Friday, September 6. Joseph plays a washed-up athlete stranded on an island, contemplating life, survival and his love for longtime girlfriend Mora, played by Madi. Doors open at 6pm, and there will be a short intro to the movie before the 9pm screening. Grab a beer, watch a film and have a chat with the actors, directors and Whiteline's unique film community.
See Facebook event here.
4/6 International Thai Film Festival 2019
The International Thai Film Festival, or ITFF, is an opportunity for film enthusiasts in Thailand to view and discuss works by independent filmmakers from around the world. This year, the festival takes place at Show DC mall on September 14 and 15, screening a total of 32 shorts and seven feature films from 19 different countries across the two days. The event will also feature a panel talk with industry figures and conclude with an award ceremony—the ITFF Film and Entertainment Industry Awards—recognising the best productions and emerging and established talents of the year.
See full festival schedule at thaifilmfestival.com/festival and purchase day passes here.
5/6 WTF Short Film 3.5
Dive deep into the strange, thrilling and horrifying world of the local Thai underground movie scene with What The Film WTF's latest festival, What The Film Short Film 3.5. A pre-game to Halloween season, WTF 3.5 is themed "The Dorm" and will be screening the best submitted shorts qualifying the "horror, ghost, supernatural or down-right weird" criteria on September 28, at a venue to be announced later. Meanwhile, the film submission period is from now until September 10, in case you want to try your hand at dormitory horror.
To see submission guidelines, click here.
6/6 Bonus: Midsommar
Don't be sad if for whatever reason you can't make some of these upcoming film events. Fill the void by going to watch Ari Aster's latest stylish horror, Midsommar, at a theatre of your choice and time of your convenience. Surrounding themes of paganism, isolated communities and stunning Nordic landscape, this A24 production is cinematically beautiful and emotionally distressing from start to finish, slowly escalating a muted kind of trauma that has already become the director's signature after his breakout film, Hereditary, last year.
Tatler Tip: A director's cut that is 30 minutes longer than the almost two-and-a-half-hour theatrical release exists and is described by Aster himself to be "the fuller picture" of the story that might raise some eyebrows.
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