Gay South African film to be screened in Bangkok

movie & TV April 25, 2018 06:00

By The Nation

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The popular Cinema Diverse series, in which local directors pick films they would like to see on the screen, returns to the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre’s auditorium on May 26 with the South African movie “The Wound”.

The South African entry, which was shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 90th Academy Awards, has been selected by Anucha Boonyawatana, the director and writer of “Malila” (“The Farewell Flower”), which won Kim Jiseok Award at Busan International Film Festival 2017 and saw Anucha nominated for Best New Director at the 12th Asian Film Awards in 2018.

After the screening, Anucha will give a talk and facilitate a Q&A about the film as well as her writing and directing styles.

“The Wound” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and was praised for its unsettling coming-of-age exploration of masculinity and repressed sexuality through an outsider’s experience of a South African initiation ritual.

“It’s an African gay film that focuses on rural life and culture which speaks to me. There are several components in the film that I find intriguing and some of them can be seen in ‘Malila’ as well,” says Anucha.

Entry is Bt60 per person including the programme. Tickets go on sale at 3pm and the screening starts at 5pm in the fifth floor auditorium. It has both Thai and English subtitles. The post-screening talk will be in Thai with English translation.

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