Window on suburban life

movie & TV July 25, 2018 13:00

By The Nation

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The second event Cinema Diverse 2018: The Invisible Hands 02 returns on Saturday (July 28) with the screening of the French movie “Girlhood” at the Bangkok Art And Culture Centre’s Auditorium at 5pm.

The film has been selected by casting directors Soifa Saenkhamkon and Tippawan Narintorn who will join the talk after the screening.

Directed by Celine Sciamma, “Girlhood” is a comingofage film that focuses on the life of a black allgirl gang living in the housing projects on the outskirts of Paris who try to confront the harsh realities of modern life while struggling to get out of the big city’s poverty trap. 

One of the most interesting aspects of the film and the main reason why it was chosen for Cinema Diverse is the largely nonprofessional cast, most of whom actually live in the suburb of Paris – indeed, Karidja Toure, who plays the lead role, was discovered by Sciamma at a market. 

Their lack of experience was challenging for the film director. “The have their own limits. But that’s part of the deal. And you don’t want to steal anything from them. But that’s where the miseenscene has to step up – it’s my problem, not theirs. They had several big scenes of improv, but they were really receptive, really committed and really wanted to work," she says. 

For those who are familiar with independent Thai cinema, the names Soifa Saenkhamkon and Tippawan Narintorn will already be well known. 

Soifa was born in 1985. She graduated from the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts (Textile, Costume, Garment and Fashion Design), Thammasat University. She worked as a textile designer and was involved in several local and international art exhibitions before working as  casting director for Thai independent films. 

Tippawan was born in 1986 and graduated from the Faculty of Mass Communication, Chiang Mai University. Tippawan started her film career as an assistant director before making name in the industry by working alongside Soifa. 

Entry fee is Bt60 with a free programme. Tickets are available at 3pm. The screening starts at 5 and the film is in French with English and Thai subtitles.

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