Four outstanding films of diverse genres, by four dynamic directors, are being show this month—all for free—as part of the River City Bangkok Film Club’s 2018 line-up. All screenings take place at River City Bangkok (Charoen Krung 24) in Room 201, on the 2nd Floor, beginning at 4pm sharp each Saturday. Reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
On March 10th the season’s screenings will kick off with Vinci, a 2018 film from Poland directed by Juliusz Machulski. The film is a thriller/comedy centering around the planned heist of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci. The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, HE Waldemar Dubaniowski, will introduce the film, and The Embassy of Poland will serve drinks and snacks after the screening.
The series continues on March 17th with My Life as a Zucchini, a 2017 animated film from Switzerland—in French with English subtitles—directed by Claude Barras. It’s a moving and memorable tale about abandoned children and their longing for love, which has moved critics and audiences around the world. The Ambassador of the Embassy of Switzerland, HE Ivo Sieber, will introduce the film, and The Embassy of Switzerland will serve drinks and snacks afterwards.
On March 24th the Ambassador of the Embassy of Greece, HE Pericles Boutos, will introduce the 2014 film Include Women Out, directed by Vangelis Seitanidis. In this road-movie, two friends venture out in search of a ‘school-beauty’ whom they both had chased, and who has now apparently joined a convent. After the screening the Embassy of Greece will provide drinks and snacks.
Finally, the 1993 Oscar-nominated Mexican film Like Water For Chocolate, directed by Alfonso Arau, rounds out the month’s screenings on March 31st. Based on the magic-realism novel by Laura Esquivel it depicts the sensual and surreal effects of food on love, passion, and even revolution. The Ambassador of the Embassy of Mexico, HE Jaime Nualart, will introduce the film, with drinks and snacks served post-screening along with a special “chocolate surprise” courtesy of the Mexican Embassy.
In a different vein, the Monday night documentary series continues at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (518/5 Ploenchit Rd), with screenings of Dries (March 5th), Gleason (March 12th), and Walk With Me (March 19th). All films begin at 7pm, and admission is B150 for non-members (free for members). There’s also an optional buffet for B250.
In other local film news, March 24th is the scheduled date for the opening of Cinema Oasis, a dedicated space for independent cinema, art, and thought. The husband-and-wife duo behind the project are Ing Kanjanavanit, director of the banned Thai movie Shakespeare Must Die, and Manit Sriwanichpoom, the movie’s producer and the owner of the Kathmandu Photo Gallery. The pair have also set up the ‘Foundation Cinema Oasis’, which will use the revenue from ticket sales to fund the space’s educational programs. The 48-seat movie theatre will take up the 1st and 2nd floors of an impressive, newly constructed six-story modernist building on Sukhumvit Soi 43, while the 3rd floor will serve as a gallery and an events rental space.
By Bruce Scott