THE BANGKOK ART and Culture Centre's Cinema Diverse: Director's Choice series begins a new season tomorrow with director Soraya Nakasuwan leading off the first entry in screenings of films chosen by Thai female filmmakers.
Soraya made her breakthrough with the 2007 commercially released documentary “Final Score”, about schoolboys struggling to prepare for the crucial, life-changing university entrance exams.
She has chosen “The Pearl Button”, a nature documentary by Chilean director Patricio Guzman, on the indigenous people of Chile’s remote Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
“The Pearl Button tells the story of the history of Chile and how that history is profoundly intertwined with the ocean. Jemmy Button was a boy from a small island. He was one of the island’s original inhabitants and he was sold in an exchange for a pearl button. Later he was unable to reconnect with his former identity upon returning to the island. The Pearl Button is presented like a film essay in narrative form with breath-taking and delicate cinematography,” says Soraya.
Registration opens at 4pm with the show at 5pm tomorrow in the BACC's fifth-floor auditorium. Afterward, there will be a talk by Soraya.
Others taking part in the “Female Perspective” series will be Wanweaw and Weawwan Hongvivatana on July 23, Pimpaka Towira on September 24 and Anocha Suwichakornpong on November 19.
For more details, check BACC.org.
Documentary Club – Offering valuable counter-programming to the comic-book movies flooding our cinemas, the Documentary Club kicks up its heels with “Bolshoi Babylon”, offering a behind-the-scenes look at Russia’s world-famous ballet troupe, after its artistic director Sergei Filin was left partially blinded in an acid attack in 2013. “‘Bolshoi Babylon’ is a stylish fly-on-the-wall account of conditions within the Moscow company, but it’s also a chilling evocation of the larger politics that govern its home theatre,” noted Guardian dance critic Judith Mackrell. It’s in limited release at SF cinemas. For showtimes and venues, check www.Facebook.com/DocumentaryClubTH or Booking.SFCinemaCity.com.
Friese-Greene Club – The Friese-Greene Club – Tonight’s “Over-rated or Under-appreciated?” entry is Peter Greenaway’s “A Zed and Two Noughts” while tomorrow has Robert Altman’s Hollywood satire “The Player”. Sunday, it’s adventure on the high seas with Edward G Robinson in “The Sea Wolf”. Next Wednesday has Jim Jarmusch’s unusual and wryly entertaining “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai”, which has Forest Whitaker as a mob hitman who adheres to the bushido code. Shows are at 8pm. For details, check FGC.in.th.
Alliance Francaise – There is no French movie with Thai subtitles tonight because of the Visakha Bucha public holiday. Next Wednesday’s French film with English subtitles is the “La belle saison” (“Summertime”), about women in love. Shows are at 7pm. Admission is Bt100. For details, check AFThailande.org.
Details are beginning to emerge about the third edition of the Silent Film Festival in Thailand, which will have a 1922 adaptation of “Hamlet” as part of its programme running from June 16 to 22 at the Lido and Scala cinemas in Siam Square. For details, see www.Facebook.com/silentfilmthailand.