The big news for film fans this month is the River City Bangkok Film Club screenings of eight award-winning films by eight top directors. The screenings take place over consecutive weekends during the month of June, and all get underway at 4pm sharp.
The not-to-be-missed opening film, on Saturday, June 3rd, will be Blood of My Blood (2011), from Portugal. Directed by Joao Canijo, it’s an intimate and moving domestic drama that offers an intimate, inside portrait of Portuguese society, with some splendid individual performances. Another highlight is Villa Touma (2014), a rare cinematic offering from Palestine, directed by Suha Araf—screening Sunday, June 4th—which tells the tale of three aristocratic Christian sisters in Ramallah who lead an isolated life—which is turned upside down when their young niece comes to live with them, and starts a secret affair with a Muslim activist.
Other notable films in the series include: Trishna, from acclaimed UK director Michael Winterbottom (Saturday, June 10th); Jan Dara, a gorgeous-looking Thai film directed by Nonzee Nimibutr (Sunday, June 11th – includes after film Q&A); Down The River, a brilliant debut film directed by Asif Rustamov from Azerbaijan (Saturday, June 17th); When Love Comes, a moving domestic drama from Taiwan by director Chang Tso-Chi (Sunday, June 18th); and Animal Town, part of a trilogy by Kyu-Hwan Jeon—one of Korea’s top contemporary film-makers—which created waves at many film festivals around the world (Saturday, June 24th).
The closing film will be Queen, a 2013 entry from India, directed by Vikas Bahl. The film, which screens on Sunday, June 25th, features top Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut, who won a National Award for this vibrant and vivacious film in which she plays a shy Indian bride who goes on a solo honeymoon to Paris. When her fiancé does not show up on their wedding day, she goes on to meet many unforgettable individuals, experiences various amazing adventures, and comes back to India a changed woman—which is when her fiancé suddenly re-appears!
All films will be shown in Room 203 (2nd Floor) of River City Bangkok (Charoen Krung 24). For reservations call 02 237 0077-8 (ext. 622, 701), or email: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.