It’s another busy month for this city’s film fans. On Sunday April 9th, Bangkok’s historic Scala Cinema will be showing Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the classic 1953 musical comedy starring Marilyn Monroe. The screening is part of the ongoing ‘World Class Cinema’ series, which presents a different classic film each month. Showtime is 12 noon, and tickets are B100. Call 02 251 2861 for more information.
For meatier fare, head to the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT) where April’s line up of documentaries begins on April 3rd with CartelLand (2015), from Mexico, which tells the tale of a citizen uprising against a violent drug cartel. On April 10th catch The Wolfpack, a 2015 doc about two brothers in New York who learn about the outside world solely through the films that they watch. The final screening—this time not a documentary—will take place on April 24th, with Dark Fortune (2016), a Swiss film about a young boy with a dark secret. The evening includes a discussion with director Stefan Haupt. Admission is B150 for FCCT non-members (free for members).
The Bangkok Screening Room is also presenting a wide range of interesting titles this month, starting with King Cobra (2016), which takes a deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the pornography industry. Other notable titles include: Imperium (2016), in which FBI agents go undercover in order to infiltrate a group of dangerous extremists; Mundane History (2009), a Thai film about a young man—paralyzed from the waist down—and his male nurse; and What a Way to Go! (1964), a musical comedy starring Shirley MacLaine. In addition, on two separate days in April—the 1st and the 9th—the BSR will present a marathon of four classic films that have won an Oscars for ‘Best Picture’; namely Rebecca (1940), The Sound of Music (1965), Around the World in 80 Days (1956), and My Fair Lady (1964)
On Saturday, April 29th, the long-running ‘Contemporary World Film Series’ at Thailand Knowledge (TK) Park—located on the 8th floor of CentralWorld (999/9 Rama 1 Rd)—presents the 2016 film Foreign Body by director Krzysztof Zanussi. This psycho-sexual drama tells the story of Angelo and Kasia, who meet in Italy through their involvement with the Focolare religious movement. However, their relationship, and faith, is tested by Kasia’s sudden return to Poland. The screening of is supported by the Embassy of Poland, and will be the closing event of the Polish Arts and Culture Week in Bangkok. Running from April 23rd to 29th, this cultural festival is organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in collaboration with the Centre for European Studies, Department of English, Faculty of Arts at Chulalongkorn University. The screening will take place at 4pm, and will be followed by snacks and refreshments provided by the Polish Embassy in Bangkok. Tickets are only B20 each. For more information, visit www.tkpark.or.th, and for more information about the Polish Arts and Culture Week in Bangkok, visit www.facebook.com/embassy-of-poland-in-bangkok.
Finally, on April 30th Signal Flair presents the Seen By Scene Festival, BKK which is taking place at Mustache Bangkok (an über-hip bar and dance club on Ratchadapisek Soi 7). It’s part of a larger film contest called ‘Poetry In Motion’, in which filmmakers have submitted 2-3 minute short films. There will be a B10,000 cash prize for the best film awarded during the festivities. Things get underway at 7pm, and tickets are B400 (all tickets come with complimentary drink).