During a private dinner at Paste restaurant last month, American action movie hero Steven Seagal—sporting a freshly inked Thai tattoo between his shoulder blades—revealed to Bangkok 101 some news about his upcoming plans to make two films back to back here in Thailand over the next two months. He’s currently scouting locations in Bangkok and northern Thailand, and although he did share some secrets regarding the titles and plots for each flick, we promised him we’d keep that under wraps… for now! However we can reveal the films will most definitely feature plenty of Muay Thai action. It’s also been reported that Segal—who previously shot the film Belly of the Beast in Thailand in 2003—wants to launch a production company in the kingdom, which would be great news for the Thai film industry in general.
In other film news there are some very interesting film screenings going on this month in Bangkok, many of which are taking place at The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT). On Monday June 6th don’t miss Lincoln, the 2012 bio-pic directed by Steven Spielberg starring Daniel Day-Lewis as US president Abraham Lincoln. This is an important film about freedom and democracy, and the screening is especially timely in light of the upcoming US elections. This event is supported by the US Embassy, who will provide Californian wines and American snacks. In addition, American Ambassador HE Glyn Davies will be present.
On Monday June 13th the FCCT presents an exclusive screening of two Oscar-winning documentary films by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, the acclaimed Pakistani film-maker. A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2105) looks at honour killings in Pakistan, and tells the story of Saba, a 19-year-old Pakistani woman who was shot and left for dead by her father and uncle after she eloped with a man her family considered inferior in class. In the director’s earlier film, Saving Face (2012), two women—both victims of an acid attack—struggle for justice and healing. This 40-min doc follows London-based Pakistani plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad as he journeys to Pakistan to perform reconstructive surgery on survivors of acid violence. Both films are 40 minutes long.
Finally, on Monday June 20th the FCCT presents The Wonders (2014), directed by Alice Rohrwacher. The film tells the unique story about a traditional beekeeper’s family whose life gets disrupted when a reality TV show comes to shoot in the neighbourhood. This screening is supported by the Embassy of Switzerland, who will provide Swiss wine and cheeses. The Swiss Ambassador HE Ivo Sieber will also be present. For ticket price information about all the above-mentioned FCCT screenings, check the official website (www.fccthai.com).
In other film event news, the Goethe Institute of Thailand will be presenting two screenings of the German film The Age of Cannibals (2014). On Sunday June 19 at 1pm there will be a presentation at the Thai Film Archive (Salaya), and then on Tuesday June 21 at 6pm there will be a screening at the Cinemateque of Film Archive, on the second floor of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), located near the National Stadium BTS station. The film, directed by Johannes Naber, follows three successful business consultants as they tour the industrial centres of the world as front-line soldiers of global capitalism to enforce what has been deemed efficient elsewhere. The film will be shown in German language with English subtitles, and admission to both screenings is free.
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The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand
The Penthouse, Maneeya Center
518/5 Ploenchit Rd.
Tel: 02 652 0580/1
18/1 Soi Goethe, Sathorn 1
Bangkok 10120 Thailand
Tel: 02 108 8200