Thailand, Indonesia score high with TV episodes to be shown in Canada

movie & TV August 24, 2018 01:00

By THE NATION

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Two of the six episodes of HBO Asia’s new horror anthology “Folklore”, have been selected for the prestigious 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).



The two selected episodes are Thailand’s very own Penek Ratanaruang’s “Pob” and “A Mother’s Love” from Indonesian director Joko Anwar. 

In “Pob”, Penek  puts his distinct spin on the greed parable with the story of an ambitious photo-journalist who, while visiting his sick mother in the hospital, manages to attract the attention of an elderly spirit with unusual intent. Anwar’s episode tells the tale of an impoverished maid and her son, who, after being locked out of their home by their landlord, are forced to live in the house they are cleaning. When strange noises start coming from the attic, they find more than they bargained for.

This is the first time an Asian TV series has been officially selected since the inception of Primetime programme at TIFF since 2015. The Primetime programme channels the best international television fit for the silver screen, focusing on powerful, smallscreen storytelling that pushes the boundaries of original scripted series and episodic programming.

“Folklore” is an HBO Asia Original series, produced with the support of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), and created by awardwinning Singaporean film maker Eric Khoo.  

The series is scheduled to premiere later this year on HBO Asia’s onair, online and ondemand platforms.  

The TIFF will be held during September 616.