Limitless Cinema in Broken English

January 10, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 4:25 pm

I went to the opening night of the exhibition THIRTEEN-YEAR CELEBRATION OF DUANGKAMOL FILMHOUSE (FILMVIRUS) at Jamjuree Art Gallery on Jan 9. Three short films were shown at the opening night:

1.ALANGKARN THEATRE (Sonthaya Subyen, A+)

This experimental documentary was shot about 20 years ago in front of Alangkarn Theatre, which was an important arthouse theatre in Bangkok at that time. Paisit Panpruegsachart made a cameo appearance in this film. I used to go to this theatre several times in late 1990s. I saw MUANG NAI MORK (1978, Permpol Choei-arun, A+), PRASART (1975, Piak Poster, A+), and CLOSE UP (1990, Abbas Kiarostami, A+) at this theatre.

2.ONE NIGHT ONE LIFE (1999, Oliver Herrmann, A+++++)

3.DAS EXEMPLAR (2002, Ulrike Ottinger, A+++++)
This film satirizes the bourgeoisie.

These three films will not be shown again in this exhibition, but the exhibition will continue until January 28.

There are also many things in this exhibition, including

1.Film projectors

2.Film posters

3.Newspaper reports on films, including the report on Sasithorn Ariyavicha

4.Brochures of Duangkamol Filmhouse (or DK Filmhouse). Reading these brochures, I regret I didn’t go to see such films as 1+1=3 (1979, Heidi Genee, West Germany) and PERFUMED NIGHTMARE (1977, Kidlat Tahimik, Philippines) at DK Filmhouse in 1996. These films are still not widely available today.

5.Reviews on greatest directors, such as Herbert Achternbusch and Marguerite Duras

6.Articles on double-bill wish lists, including the articles by

6.1 Adadol Ingawanij, who chooses SENSO (1954, Luchino Visconti) and WONDERFUL TOWN (2008, Aditya Assarat), the two films about people who cling to something in the past until it brings destructive effects.

6.2 Filmsick (Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa), who chooses two films on arguably lucky prostitutes—PRETTY WOMAN and FOX AND HIS FRIENDS (1975, Rainer Werner Fassbinder)

6.3 Graiwoot Julpongsathorn, who chooses three films on fatal car accidents—I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER (1997, Jim Gillespie), DEATH OF A CYCLIST (1955, Juan Antonio Bardem, Spain), and THE HEADLESS WOMAN (2008, Lucrecia Martel)

7. Interview clips of Fred Kelemen in Bangkok in November 2007

Below are some images of Fred Kelemen and Jit Phokaew:

8. HOLLYWOOD MECCA MOVIE GAME, which is my most favorite thing in this exhibition. This game is like a snake-and-ladder game. You can throw the dice and move your pawn. If you meet a Hollywood thing in your position, you will advance quickly. If you meet an arthouse thing in your position, you will step back quickly.

–Things which will advance your career as a Hollywood filmmaker include :

Drew Barrymore

Muscle building like Jean-Claude Van Damme

Steven Segal (+2)

Popcorn Brain (+10)

–Things which will make you lose your career as a Hollywood filmmaker include:

Juliet Berto (-1)

Anne Parillaud + Beatrice Dalle (-3)

Benoit Jacquot + Isild Le Besco (-3)

Buster Keaton (-3)

Isabelle Huppert in a psychotic film (-3)

Talking with artists such as Federico Fellini and Jean Cocteau (-4)

Khavn de la Cruz (-4)

Abel Ferrara(-5)

Andrei Tarkovsky (-5)

Fred Kelemen (-5)

John Waters (-5)

Elaine May (-6)



  1. Wow this looks like a fantastic cinema exhibition! I wish it was invited by La Cinémathèque Française to be exhibited in Paris.
    I too like this cynical game of Hollywood Mecca, who made it? Someone should make it an online interactive game for the fun.

    Comment by HarryTuttle — January 10, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

  2. I’m very glad you like this game. Its creator is Sonthaya Subyen, who also established DK Filmhouse. He has a Thai blog at


    Comment by celinejulie — January 11, 2009 @ 9:05 pm

  3. Thank you so much to HarryTuttle and CelineJulie for your kind words. I am Sonthaya Subyen the man behind DK FILMHOSE (FilmVirus) and the Hollywood Mecca Game. This is the first time I put my 10 years old idea into practice with a lots of help from friends to finish it in 2 nights. In hindsight I just realize it cost me plenty, not just in term of money but in exchange of a catastrophe. That’s why to know that somebody here appreciated it really made my day!

    Comment by Sonthaya Subyen — January 13, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

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