All suited up for Cannes glory

Art May 17, 2013 00:00

By The Nation
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Here's the breaking news everyone's been waiting for regarding the Thai stars who will be scuffing up the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival this week

Sources close to the event, speaking anonymously because it sounds way cooler that way, have confirmed what our celebrity “ambassadors” will be wearing.

Araya “Chompoo” Hargate, in Cannes representing festival co-sponsor l’Oreal, will be clad in a Paris haute-couture dress that the cosmetics firm could not believe was so expensive but has agreed to pay for anyway.

Meanwhile Vithaya Parnsringarm, on the French Riviera along with Ryan Gosling, Kristen Scott Thomas and the rest of the cast of “Only God Forgives”, has decided to flaunt his Thainess by wearing a tailor-made Siamese-cut jacket in black silk and jong kraben, the old-fashioned loin drapery.

Vithaya’s gear cost a fraction of what Chompoo (er, l’Oreal) is paying, but the Culture Ministry still doesn’t want to pick up the tab.

Just kidding – patriotic Vithaya is happy to pay himself.



Chinese whisper

The Nation’s website is always right and we never lie, but some other Thai newspapers – pish! So, yeah, it’s nonsense that the GTH blockbuster “Pee Mak Phra Khanong” is banned in China, as reported elsewhere. Yongyooth Thongkongtoon, who’s in charge of overseas deals for the studio, was holding his sides laughing.

The only possible hiccup is that China’s censors routinely block movies featuring superstition and sexual multiple choices, and of course “Pee Mak” has a ghost and a ladyboy. But the ghost and the ladyboy are funny, Yongyooth points out, so he’s confident the film will be cleared for release there.

Plus, the boys in Beijing will notice the Bt560 million that “Pee Mak” has earned thus far as history’s highest-grossing Thai film and be converting that into yuan in their heads.

So far Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan and Hong Kong (where China keeps its liberals) have had no objection to spooks or katoey. The Cambodian premiere is next week.