There’s lots of great local and experimental film to discover this month, starting with the 60 Second Film Festival, which takes place on February 10th at Whiteline (Silom Soi 8). As the name suggests, all films screened are short—up to one minute maximum running time, including credits—and the genres run the gamut from documentary and drama, to comedy, horror, crime, action, romance, music video, and art film. The results are sometimes extraordinary, and the great thing is that even if you don’t happen to like a particular film, you only have to wait a minute for a new one to begin.
In a somewhat different vein, the two-day Bangkok Underground Film Fest takes place on February 25th and 26th at Arunkarn (Soi Don Kuson 1, Charoen Krung 67). Originally scheduled to take place in late 2016, this fest is finally getting underway at the end of this month. Not much is known yet about the films being screened but admission is free so take a chance and see some experimental works.
A tad more commercially oriented is the ongoing German Open Air Cinema event series organized by the Goethe Institute of Thailand (Soi Sathorn 1). These German language films—with English subtitles—screen every Tuesday, starting at 7:30pm, beginning on February 7th with The Great Sommer (Switzerland), followed by Coconut Hero on Valentine’s Day, Lou Andreas-Salomé (an Austrian-German film) on the 21st, and Suck Me Shakespeer 2, which centres around a high school trip to Thailand (of all places!) on the 28th. Truthfully I like the last film’s original title, Fack Ju Goehte 2, better than its anglicized counterpart, but either way it promises to be a decidedly silly romp.
For documentary fans, the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (518/5 Ploenchit Rd) is screening Song of Lahore, a film that examines the lives and the cultural heritage of Pakistan’s classical musicians, on February 6th. Then on the 13th, catch Return to Homs, a doc which follows the lives of two outstanding young men in war torn Syria. Both screenings start at 7:30pm, and are free for members and B150 for non-members.
Meanwhile, on February 24th at Jam (41 Soi Rang Nam Kang), catch a free screening of Be A Woman, from queer Chinese activist filmmaker Fan Popo. Start time is 8pm.
Finally, the recently revamped Bangkok Screening Room (Soi Sala Daeng 1) has lots on offer this month, including the critically acclaimed 2016 political documentary Weiner, about the notorious congressman Anthony Weiner. Other recent films include the Thai indie drama The Island Funeral, and the 2016 Japanese film Harmonium. Meanwhile some older films are getting revived as well, including Bar 21, a 1979 Thai film about an escort girl who is an eye witness in a murder case, and three English-language classics: Dr. Strangelove (1964), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), and Bonnie and Clyde (1967). Check out the timetables for screenings at www.bkksr.com.