One of the biggest film events this month is the inaugural LGBT+ Film Festival Bangkok, which takes over the Bangkok Screening Room (Sala Daeng Soi 1) from July 3rd to the 8th. The festival will explore the diverse facets of the LGBT community through films, special events, talks, and live performances, and a special art exhibition. John Badalu will be acting as guest film festival programmer, and as a whole this six-day event will be a safe place for discussions about important issues, such as marriage equality and equal opportunity.
The films to be shown vary widely—from old favourites like the Australian camp classic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), to Hard Paint (2018), a Brazilian film about a socially withdrawn young man who finds a virtual-world escape as a seductive gay chatroom performer. Another new film of note is Signature Move (2017), a romance set in Chicago involving two women—one Pakistani and the other a Mexican-American. Other films being screened include: Tale of the Lost Boys (2017); The Wound (2017); Queen of Ireland (2015); Tom of Finland (2017); and 120 Beats Per Minute (2017). For up-to-date listings and information visit the website. www.bkksr.com/lgbtff
Another film event to make note of takes place on Sunday July 8th at TK Park, when White Sun, an award-winning film from Nepal, will be shown. Directed by Deepak Rauniyar, this 2016 drama/biography tells the story of an anti-regime partisan who confronts physical, social, and political obstacles after returning to his remote mountain village for his father’s funeral. His search for a solution takes him to neighbouring mountain villages and encounters with the police and rebel guerrillas alike. The film is supported by the Embassy of Nepal, with post-screening snacks and drinks, and the Ambassador of Nepal, HE K. N. Adhikari, will introduce film. The Thailand Knowledge (TK) Park is located on the 8th floor of CentralWorld (999/9 Rama 1 Rd), the screenings begin at 4pm, and tickets are only B20 each.
Finally, over at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (518/5 Ploenchit Rd, Maneeya Center, Penthouse), the ongoing Monday night FCCT documentary series continues, led off this month by Surfwise, on July 2nd. This 2008 American doc tells the story of Dorian ‘Doc’ Paskowitz, his wife, and their nine children. Forsaking anything resembling a traditional home life, the family lives instead in a 24-foot camper and spends their time surfing.
All FCCT documentary series films are shown with Thai subtitles, and a lively panel discussion follows each screening. The films begin at 7pm, and admission is free for FCCT members (B150 for non-members). There’s also an optional buffet for B250.
By Bruce Scott