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    Singaporean projects win at SEAFIC

    Life, Published on 13/11/2018

    » The concept of script labs and film pitching isn't a familiar one in Thailand. But it's an important step in the increasingly complex and competitive film industry -- here and throughout Southeast Asia.

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    An Asian hunger games

    Life, Published on 09/10/2018

    » Besides the world premiere of Nakorn-Sawan (see main story), Thailand -- and Thai actors -- are well-represented at the ongoing Busan International Film Festival. While Thai films are slotted into various sections of the programme -- Girls Don't Cry, Manta Ray, Ten Years Thailand, as well as the restored version of The Scar in the classic section -- a Cambodian film with a strong Thai presence is also showing at the festival.

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    Animation Coco tops box office again

    Life, Published on 12/12/2017

    » The animated family film Coco has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre Star Wars: The Last Jedi weekend in cinemas. Disney estimated on Sunday that Coco added US$18.3 million (596 million baht), which would bring its domestic total to $135.5 million.

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    Human traffic

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 03/11/2017

    » Edmund Yeo started writing the film Aqerat before the word "Rohingya" would make world news headlines -- entirely for a distressing reason. Now the Malaysian film, which had its premiere in the main competition of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival this week, has proved prescient as over 500,000 of Myanmar's Rohingya minority have fled violence for Bangladesh in one of the worst humanitarian catastrophes in years.

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    Lao cinema hits the jackpot

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 19/05/2017

    » In this Lao film, a nearly-blind woman is visited by ghosts that come to tell her winning lottery numbers. Her young caretaker, a girl from the countryside, takes advantage of her mistress' impairment and cashes in on the phantoms' fortunetelling, scoring win after win. On paper, it all sounds preposterous. Ghosts that give out lotto jackpots? How superstitious! How Southeast Asia! But don't be mistaken: you should go and watch Nong Hak (Dearest Sister), a well-made Lao production that spins the supernatural premise into class critique and psychological horror, ripe with atmospheric suspense. In fact, this is simply a better film in terms of script and technical standards than many Thai flicks released each year.

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    The sound of silence

    Life, Kanin Srimaneekulroj, Published on 16/09/2016

    » As is true of most horror films, it's the silent, creeping moments of uncertainty leading up to the jumps-scares that create the most suspense, as audiences tense up in anticipation, hoping against hope that the main characters be spared any horrendous fate lying around the corner. Don't Breathe, the aptly named sophomore feature from director Fede Alvarez (who also did the 2013 remake of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead), embodies this philosophy to the hilt, taking its audience on a relentless train-ride of white-knuckle tension from start to finish.

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    Scala doc to open film festival

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 25/03/2016

    » Our cinematic monument of majesty, the last palatial cinema house in town, the Scala on Siam Square stands alone in defiance and melancholy as a remnant of a different era. As its fate -- the spectre of eventual demolition -- keeps popping up in the news every few years, the movie house is now the subject of a documentary film. The Scala, directed by Aditya Assarat, is part of a pan-Asia ensemble called The Power Of Asian Cinema that will screen as the opener of the 6th Salaya International tomorrow.

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    Thai filmmakers find inspiration in HM the King's music

    Life, Usnisa Sukhsvasti, Published on 01/05/2015

    » The red carpet premiere of Kitarachanibhon, a film project initiated by Boon Rawd Brewery Co Ltd and Singha Corporation Co Ltd, will be held on May 6.

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    The Vikings come to town

    Life, Published on 17/04/2015

    » For the fourth time, the Embassy of Sweden, in collaboration with SF Cinema, brings Bangkok viewers the "Swedish Film Festival 2015".  Eight films will be shown at SF World, CentralWorld, from April 23-26, with English subtitles. Admission is free.

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    Scary swim

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 08/08/2014

    » Love hurts. Young love hurts even more and pregnancy, the unwanted kind, hurts (and haunts) the most. Hear me puppy lovers: without self-restraint, at least carry condoms. Without condoms, well, wear a strong amulet or else the demon will follow you like an interminable bloodhound — at least when abortion is still illegal and immoral in this society.

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