There are two major film festivals going on in Bangkok this month, and the first to get underway is a series of screenings presented by the River City Bangkok Film Club. For five consecutive Saturdays they will be presenting five diverse and dynamic film festival favourites—and best of all, they’re all free!
The opening film, on September 2nd, is Soul Kitchen (Germany), an award-winning 2009 film directed by Fatih Akin which combines food and music to paint a multi-dimensional portrait of a multi-ethnic community in Germany. After the screening there will be snacks and drinks courtesy of the Embassy of Germany and the Goethe Institute, Thailand. On September 9th don’t miss Unutursam Fisilda (Turkey), a 2014 film directed by Çağan Irmak—whose title translates to “Whisper, If I Forget”—centred around the meteoric rise of a beautiful singer. Post-screening snacks and drinks will be courtesy of the Embassy of Turkey.
On September 16th you can catch the ever-popular Bend It Like Beckham (UK), directed by Gurinder Chadha. This fantastic feel-good movie depicts the clash between traditional values and the modern world, telling the often comical story of a young girl who simply wants to play football, like her idol David Beckham (snacks and drinks will be provided after the screening). Then, on September 23rd, the 2014 film East Side Sushi (USA), directed by Anthony Lucero, will be shown. This vibrant tale of a Mexican girl who wants to become a sushi chef in a Japanese restaurant won the Audience Award at many festivals. This screening is supported by the Embassy of the United States and there will be sushi served after the screening. The festival closes on September 30th with Fair Play (Czech Republic), a powerful 2014 film directed by Andrea Sedlackova that centres around the issue of doping in professional sports during the Communist era. Snacks and drinks, courtesy of the Embassy of the Czech Republic, will be provided after the screening.
All screenings take place at 4pm at the RCB Film Club, Room 201, River City Bangkok (23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Si Phraya Pier). For information call 02 237 0077 ext. 622/701, or email [email protected], or [email protected].
The other major film event this month is the Italian Film Festival Bangkok, which runs from September 12th to the 17th at the Quartier CineArt (4F, Waterfall Quartier at EmQuartier). The seven titles being screened are: Il Ragazzo Invisibile (2014); Io Arlecchino (2015); Se Dio Vuole (2015); I Volti della Via Francigena (2016); La Pazza Gioia (2016); Perfetti Sconosciuti (2016); and Piuma (2016). All movies will be shown in Italian, with English and—for the first time—Thai subtitles. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/italianfestivalthailand.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the exclusive Thai premiere of the 2015 film Long Way North continues till September 15th at the Bangkok Screening Room (Sala Daeng Soi 1). This animated film is set in late 19th century St. Petersburg, where Sacha, a young girl from the Russian aristocracy, dreams of the Great North and anguishes over the fate of her grandfather, Oloukine, a renowned scientist and Arctic explorer who has yet to return from his latest expedition to conquer the North Pole.