The big news for film fans this month is the return of the EU Film Festival, which kicks off on May 18th and continues till the 28th (before moving onwards to Chiang Mai and later Khon Kaen). Screenings will be held at the SF World Cinema, Central World, and tickets are B120 each. The scheduled line-up includes: Tokyo Fiancée (Belgium); The Paradise Suite (Netherlands); Horse Money (Portugal); Les Chevaliers Blanc (France); The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (Finland); Tour de Force (Germany); Nice People (Sweden); Spain in a Day (Spain); and Kills on Wheels (Hungary).
In other film news, Bangkok’s historic Scala Cinema will be showing Big Boss, the classic 1971 martial arts film starring Bruce Lee, on Sunday May 14th. 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.
Meanwhile, this month’s documentary series at the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT) begins on May 2nd at 7pm with Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, which profiles eight former members of the famous American cult. On May 8th the documentary film night includes food and wine as the Swiss Embassy presents The World’s Smallest Army, a film about the infamous Swiss Guards during the papacy of Pope Francis by Gianfranco. Finally, on May 15th, don’t miss Citizenfour, a chilling profile of whistleblower Edward Snowden and his battles with the NSA. Admission is B150 for FCCT non-members (free for members).
Finally, the Bangkok Screening Room has several interesting films coming up in May, including US director Devin Leisher’s 2016 film Weaving Shibusa, which explores the fascination with Japanese denim. Other highlights include the excellent 2016 Cambodian film Diamond Island, directed and co-written by Davy Chou, as well as the 2006 Canadian film Water, directed by Deepa Metha. And, as a special surprise, the “classic” film for May is the 1967 thriller Wait Until Dark, starring Audrey Hepburn, screening at a reduced ticket price of B200 for adults, or B160 for Bangkok Screening Room members.