May means movies, and this month the big event is a screening on Saturday May 19th at TK Park of Kincsem: Bet For Revenge, a 2017 box-office smash from Hungary, directed by Gabor Herendi. It’s a lavish and opulent production that centres around the exciting world of horse racing, and its style has been compared to the over-the-top films of acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann. The film is supported by the Embassy of Hungary, who will provide drinks and snacks afterwards, and the Hugarian Ambassador, HE Dr. Peter Jakab, will introduce the film. The Thailand Knowledge (TK) Park is located on the 8th floor of CentralWorld (999/9 Rama 1 Rd), the screening begins at 4pm, and tickets are only B20 each.
Meanwhile, over at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (518/5 Ploenchit Rd, Maneeya Center, Penthouse), there are four special film screenings this month which are part of the ongoing Monday night FCCT documentary series. All films are shown with Thai subtitles, and a discussion follows each screening. The films begin at 7pm, and admission is free for members (B150 for non-members). There’s also an optional buffet for B250.
The series begins on May 7th with Seed: The Untold Story (2016), about the passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000-year-old food legacy that is teetering on the brink of extinction. On May 14th don’t miss Tomorrow We Disappear (2014) which recounts the fate of the residents of New Dehli’s Kathputli colony of magicians and puppeteers, as they are relocated to make room for new development. The series continues on May 21st with We Are X (2016), a music documentary about the glam rock band X Japan. Finally, the May series concludes on May 28th with Crumb (1994), filmmaker Terry Zwigoff’s complex but affectionate portrait of his longtime friend, underground cartoonist Robert Crumb. It’s an incredibly riveting, and utterly compelling two hours of cinema.
Other notable presentations this month include those at the Bangkok Screening Room (Sala Daeng Soi 1). Titles showing on various dates in May include: Insects in the Backyard (2010), the controversial Thai film directed by Tanwarin Sukkhapisit; Paris, Texas (1984), an indie cinema classic by Wim Wenders; Mountains May Depart (2015), from Chinese director Zhangke Jia; and a special reworking of Sergei Eisenstein’s 1925 silent film classic Battleship Potemkin, with a new soundtrack composed in 2005 by 80s synth pop band the Pet Shop Boys.
On a lighter note, the Westin Grande Sukhumvit hotel (259 Sukhumvit Rd) presents a Mission Impossible movie marathon—numbers 1 to 5 in the series, shown back-to-back—on Saturday May 26th, starting at 2pm. You can order food and drinks during the films, and different DJ’s will entertain between screenings. The event is a lead up to the release of #6 in the popular MI film franchise, and tickets for the five screenings and after party are just B1,000 online, or B1,200 at the door.
By Bruce Scott