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  • LIFESTYLE

    A hint of political maturation

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/09/2018

    » The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre has been put under bureaucratic pressure, its budget cut and its relations with Bangkok Metropolitan Authority strained. One way to support this hub of contemporary art in downtown Bangkok is simple: visit the place, admire the art and the events, and show that the city needs a modern, open-minded art and culture venue unshackled by the old guard.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Hot from Toronto

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 21/09/2018

    » Some highlights and award hopefuls from the film festival that will likely occupy the spotlight in the coming months

  • LIFESTYLE

    The pastoral romance returns

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/09/2018

    » The star-crossed lovers coo. They ride their buffaloes through a verdant field, splash mud, evade spiteful parents, and make a vow at the shrine of the banyan tree. But their romance, like all memorable romances in books and life, is doomed by the circumstances of fate, tragic and scarred, and their destiny is one of the most heartbreaking in the canon of Siamese literature and film.

  • NEWS

    Ghosts of various stripes

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 14/09/2018

    » Refugees, human-trafficking and a ravenous ghoul show the real and fantastical facets of Thailand in the movies showing this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

  • LIFESTYLE

    La La Land, Moonlight directors invoke 2016

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 13/09/2018

    » Two years ago it was Damien Chazelle's La La Land vs Barry Jenkins' Moonlight at the Oscars. This year, the race between the same two directors seems to be shaping up again. This week at Toronto International Film Festival, Chazelle returns with his "Moon movie" First Man, and Jenkins with his adaptation of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk. The award season -- for those who still care -- is gearing up full steam now.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Toilet porn

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 12/09/2018

    » Last week in a toilet in Bang Rak Bazaar, a man looked down at his own body while also gazing up at the paintings of naked women on the wall. Placed above a row of urinals, the paintings -- modelled after images taken from pornographic websites -- were impossible to miss.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Garden of earthly demise

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 10/09/2018

    » Jagged granite, chipped marble and debris from construction sites become an archive of their own past. At a glance, one won't see the leaves and flowers superimposed on those broken slabs of rock. At closer inspection, the melancholic splendour of the now-no-more greenery is there, delicately printed on the hard surface of the material that has replaced it.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Welcome to Shortywood

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 04/09/2018

    » The longest-running film festival in Thailand is back this weekend. The 22nd Thai Short Film and Video Festival is the largest and most cherished gathering of young filmmakers in the country, especially for its flagship student-film category.

  • NEWS

    Mid-career recognition

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 29/08/2018

    » Respect is earned, although in Thailand respect often comes with age. To motivate artists on the rise, the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, Ministry of Culture, initiated the title Silpathorn Artist in 2003 to honour mid-career artists — those who've contributed to their respective fields for a number of years but still not 'masters'. The Silpathorn Award focuses on contemporary disciplines — fashion, architecture, literature, music, film, performing art and visual art — and recipients, who are between 30 to 50, represent the youthful, progressive energy in the Thai creative scene. An exhibition showing their bodies of work, from design sketches to a film screening, is ongoing at Ratchadamnoen Contemporary Art Center until Sept 9.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A conversation with Prabda

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 23/08/2018

    » A woman returns to her condo room after a morning walk. A young man lies injured outside her door. She helps him inside, but something unexpected happens: He claims that the room is, in fact, his, and the woman is trespassing. She refuses to accept such nonsense. The man refuses to budge and demands her to leave.

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