Limitless Cinema in Broken English

September 30, 2009

CASTRO IS MY MOST FAVORITE FILM IN BKKIFF 2009

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FILMS I SAW TODAY

1.AURORA (2009, Adolfo B. Alix, Jr., Philippines, A+/A)

2.JAMILA AND THE PRESIDENT (2009, Ratna Sarumpaet, Indonesia, B+)

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FILMS I SAW IN BKKIFF 2009

1.CASTRO (2009, Alejo Moguillansky, Argentina, A+++++++++++++++)

2.IMBURNAL (2008, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Philippines, A++++++++++)

3.REDEMPTION (2009, Sabrina Wulff, documentary, Germany, A++++++++++)

4.THE SEARCH (2009, Pema Tseden, China, A++++++++++)

5.JERICHOW (2008, Christian Petzold, Germany, A++++++++++)

6.DOUBLE TAKE (2009, Johan Grimonprez, Belgium, A+++++)

7.THE TIME THAT REMAINS (2009, Elia Suleiman, Palestine, A+++++)

8.EVERYONE ELSE (2009, Maren Ade, Germany, A+)

9.NE CHANGE RIEN (2009, Pedro Costa, Portugal, A+)

10.BUTTERFLIES HAVE NO MEMORIES (2009, Lav Diaz, Philippines, A+)

11.DOGTOOTH (2009, Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece, A+)

12.35 SHOTS OF RUM (2009, Claire Denis, France, A+)

13.INDEPENDENCIA (2009, Raya Martin, Philippines, A+)

14.CHOCOLATE (2009, Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia, A+)

15.FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI (2008, Ian Olds, USA, documentary, A+)

16.INLAND (2008, Tariq Teguia, Algeria, A+)

17.SEPET (2004, Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia, A+)

18.KOMA (2009, Naomi Kawase, Japan, A+)

19.LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS (2009, Hong Sangsoo, South Korea, A+)

20.ADRIFT (2009, Thac Chuyen Bui, Vietnam, A+/A)

21.AURORA (2009, Adolfo B. Alix, Jr., Philippines, A+/A)

22.THE QUEEN AND I (2008, Nahid Persson Sarvestani, Sweden, documentary, A+/A)

23.THE STRENGTH OF WATER (2009, Armagan Ballantyne, New Zealand, A)

24.MANILA (2009, Raya Martin + Adolfo Alix Jr., Philippines, A)

25.ALTIPLANO (2009, Peter Brosens + Jessica Woodworth, Belgium, A-/B+)

26.JAMILA AND THE PRESIDENT (2009, Ratna Sarumpaet, Indonesia, B+)

IMBURNAL (Sherad Anthony Sanchez, A++++++++++)

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FILMS SEEN YESTERDAY

1.IMBURNAL (2008, Sherad Anthony Sanchez, Philippines, A++++++++++)

2.DOGTOOTH (2009, Yorgos Lanthimos, Greece, A+)
This is what I think about DOGTOOTH after I read Filmsick’s blog:
http://filmsick.exteen.com/20090929/bkiff-2009-diary-part-2

There are some parts of DOGTOOTH (A+) which remind me of Luis Bunuel’s films, but I think Bunuel’s films arouse the viewers’ imagination much more than DOGTOOTH. DOGTOOTH seems to have a purpose, and it aims straightly at that purpose, while Bunuel’s films seem to be more than “films with messages”. That’s why I like DOGTOOTH very much, but I prefer some Bunuel’s films to it.

I think some Haneke’s films are also “films with messages”, too, but I think I prefer THE SEVENTH CONTINENT to DOGTOOTH. But my reason is because the desperate feelings in THE SEVENTH CONTINENT have much more effect on me than the black comedic feelings in DOGTOOTH. However, one thing I like very much in DOGTOOTH is the fact that it does not make me think only about the bourgeoisie, but also ultra-conservative people, including some religious fanatics.

3.INLAND (2008, Tariq Teguia, Algeria, A+)

–There are some films in the festival which have gorgeous cinematography and present social problems at the same time. In this group of films, I think ALTIPLANO (A-/B+) is the one I like the least. The cinematography in ALTIPLANO is tremendously beautiful, but it is too dreamlike, too “plastic” to make me feel the pain of the characters.

INLAND presents the appropriate kind of “beautiful cinematography” for me. The scenery in INLAND is very beautiful, and it is not too plastic. When I look at it, I can feel the wind blow, the heat of the sun, the dryness of the air, the shadow from the clouds. But the story of INLAND doesn’t touch me that much.

The cinematography in REDEMPTION is what I worship. It presents the views of some towns and some places, such as a school. There are almost no people in these scenes. This kind of scenes is the thing that can arouse my imagination and has a profound effect on my feelings. In some documentaries, the directors, such as Michael Moore, may focus on “giving the information to the viewers”, which is not a bad thing, but the viewers will only get some useful information from the documentaries. As for my personal taste, I find that I worship documentaries which do not only focus on “giving the information.” Some documentaries have scenes which don’t give straightforward information, but have some unexplainable effects on my feelings. These documentaries include:

1. REDEMPTION

2.FROM THE EAST (1993, Chantal Akerman)

3.MODERN LIFE (2008, Raymond Depardon), which includes some empty road scenes

4.THE PINOCHET AFFAIR (2001, Patricio Guzman, Chile/France), which includes a stone-falling scene

Some documentaries don’t give straightforward information, but they also don’t touch my feelings in the same way as the documentaries above. This kind of documentaries includes OUR DAILY BREAD (A+).

IMBURNAL has gorgeous cinematography, and the director can find the appropriate balance between the “beautiful cinematography”, or the soul of the landscape, and the soul of the characters. Some scenes in this film make me think about some Thai short films, because these scenes are very beautifully shot, slow-moving, and focusing on the life of rural people, but IMBURNAL feels more natural than a few Thai short films I have seen.

September 29, 2009

FIVE FILMS I WORSHIP IN BKKIFF

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FILMS I WORSHIP IN BKKIFF: CASTRO (Alejo Moguillansky), REDEMPTION (Sabrina Wulff), THE SEARCH (Pema Tseden), JERICHOW (Christian Petzold), DOUBLE TAKE (Johan Grimonprez)

CASTRO is one of the funniest films I have ever seen. REDEMPTION makes me think about my own life. I feel very particularly interested in a former soldier who was beaten up by his stepfathers, neglected by his mother, and betrayed by his own father. Many scenes in this film possess a great power to inspire my imagination. THE SEARCH is very romantic and touching. JERICHOW reminds me that you can’t judge people too easily. DOUBLE TAKE is extremely thought-provoking.

SOME GREAT FILMS ARE FAR FROM MY REAL LIFE

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FILMS SEEN YESTERDAY

1.NE CHANGE RIEN (2009, Pedro Costa, Portugal, A+)

2.EVERYONE ELSE (2009, Maren Ade, Germany, A+)

3.35 SHOTS OF RUM (2009, Claire Denis, France, A+)

4.MANILA (2009, Raya Martin + Adolfo Alix Jr., Philippines, A)

–I think EVERYONE ELSE and 35 SHOTS OF RUM are great films, but it seems difficult for me to connect these films with my real life. I think it is much easier for me to connect my real life with parts of the lives (or emotions) of the interviewees in REDEMPTION (2009, Sabrina Wulff, A++++++++++).

September 28, 2009

REDEMPTION (Sabrina Wulff, A++++++++++)

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FILMS SEEN YESTERDAY

1.REDEMPTION (2009, Sabrina Wulff, documentary, Germany, A++++++++++)

I think this film may be a perfect antidote to THE READER (2008, Stephen Daldry, B+ ), because THE READER is about a character who chose to follow the evil orders, while REDEMPTION is about real people who choose not to follow the evil orders, even if it means destroying their own lives.

One thing I like very much in REDEMPTION is the story about a friend of the interviewee. This friend, who was a US soldier, chose to commit suicide instead of participating in the war in Iraq.

REDEMPTION is a graduation film.

2.THE SEARCH (2009, Pema Tseden, China, A+++++)

3.BUTTERFLIES HAVE NO MEMORIES (2009, Lav Diaz, Philippines, A+)

4.INDEPENDENCIA (2009, Raya Martin, Philippines, A+)

5.KOMA (2009, Naomi Kawase, Japan, A+)

6.LOST IN THE MOUNTAINS (2009, Hong Sangsoo, South Korea, A+)

7.CHOCOLATE (2009, Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia, A+)

8.SEPET (2004, Yasmin Ahmad, Malaysia, A+)

September 27, 2009

DOUBLE TAKE (Johan Grimonprez, A+++++)

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FILMS SEEN YESTERDAY

1.DOUBLE TAKE (2009, Johan Grimonprez, Belgium, A+++++)

2.THE TIME THAT REMAINS (2009, Elia Suleiman, Palestine, A+++++)
I like the soundtrack of this film very much
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsQkPxon4j8

3.ADRIFT (2009, Thac Chuyen Bui, Vietnam, A+/A)

4.THE STRENGTH OF WATER (2009, Armagan Ballantyne, New Zealand, A)

5.ALTIPLANO (2009, Peter Brosens + Jessica Woodworth, Belgium, A-/B+)

September 25, 2009

CASTRO (2009, Alejo Moguillansky, A++++++++++)

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FILMS SEEN TODAY

1.CASTRO (2009, Alejo Moguillansky, Argentina, A+++++++++++++++)
http://micropsia.blogspot.com/2009/04/castro-de-alejo-moguillansky-variety.html
It’s Jacques Rivette on amphetamine.

2.JERICHOW (2008, Christian Petzold, Germany, A++++++++++)
I assumed at first that the film might want to attack capitalism. But in the end, what impresses me the most is the humanism in this film.

Girish Shambu wrote about this film here:
http://artforum.com/film/id=21100

3.FIXER: THE TAKING OF AJMAL NAQSHBANDI (2008, Ian Olds, USA, documentary, A+)

4.THE QUEEN AND I (2008, Nahid Persson Sarvestani, Sweden, documentary, A+/A)

HOLY SNAKES

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I think it’s interesting that holy snakes are presented in many films, especially Cambodian films and some films in the Philippines and Thailand, such as

1.DARNA (1951, Fernando Poe, Philippines)
In this film, the villainess Valentina has snake hair, like Medusa.

(This is a photo of Darna and Valentina from another work, not from the film above.)
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2613/3951771021_9d1eb9ea9f_o.jpg

 

A clip from a TV series presenting Darna and Valentina
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0gtJ50iXs0

2.SNAKE SISTERS (1984, Celso Ad. Castillo, Philippines)
http://oggsmoggs.blogspot.com/2007/10/snake-sisters-1984.html

3.GHOST SNAKE (1966, Rut Sethapakdee, Thailand)
http://filmsick.exteen.com/20090915/entry

4.MOTHER OF SNAKES (1972, Sanun Jarussilp, Thailand)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3520/3951771025_1d614be238_o.jpg

 

5.THE GODDESS OF GHOST SNAKE (1984, Suriyon Duangthongdee, Thailand)
http://www.rharnhoo.com/productsDetail.php?id=80
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3522/3951771027_9ceff29885_o.jpg

 

(Parts of the information are from the book THE LEGEND OF THAI GHOST FILMS.)

AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY SHOWCASE

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(Thanks to Merveillesxx who told me about this)

American Documentary Showcase

10 – 13 November 2009

At TK park, 8th Fl., Central World

TK park and the Embassy of the United States of America invite you to the American Documentary Showcase.

Apart from screening of multiple awards-winning documentary (including Best Documentary United Nations Association Film Festival, Official Selection Sundance Film Festival 2008 and International Jury Prize Mumbai International Film Festival 2008), Flow: For Love of Water, which is an investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century: The world water crisis. There will be a film workshop on making documentary film with special guests, Steven Starr, the producer of “Flow” and Billy Luther, the director of “Miss Navaho” at TK park on Tuesday 10 November at 16.00 – 18.00 hrs.

All screenings are in English with Thai subtitles.

Reservation please call 02 257 4300 x 120 (free admission for TK park members, for non-members there will be a 20 THB fee for One-Day Pass)

For more information about the films please go to:
http://ufva.org/content.php?type_id=10&article_id=267

American Documentary Showcase
Tuesday 10 – Friday 13 Nov 2009
Mini Theater 1, TK park, 8th Fl., CentralWorld

Tuesday 10 November 2009
16.00 – 18.00 Film Workshop with Steven Starr, the producer of “Flow” and Billy Luther, the director of “Miss Navaho” at Mini Theater 1
18.00 – 19.30 Reception at Open Square
19.30 – 21.00 Screening of “Flow: For Love of Water” (84 Mins) at Mini Theater 1 – 2

Wednesday 11 November 2009
16.00 – 16.30 Screening of “Beginning Filmmaking” (23 Mins)
16.30 – 17.30 Screening of “America’s Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prarie” (58 Mins)
17.30 – 19.00 Screening of “The Garden” (80 Mins)

Thursday 12 November 2009
16.00 – 17.15 Screening of “Made in LA” (70 Mins)
17.15 – 18.45 Screening of “A Man Named Pearl” (78 Mins)
18.45 – 19.45 Screening of “Red Gold” (55 Mins)

Friday 13 November 2009
16.00 – 16.45 Screening of “Children in No Man’s Land” (39 Mins)
16.45 – 18.30 Screening of “The Betrayal” (97 Mins)
18.30 – 19.30 Screening of “Miss Navaho” (60 Mins)

1. “BEGINNING FILMMAKING” (SHORT)
DIRECTOR: JAY ROSENBLATT
RUNNING TIME: 23 MIN., YEAR: 2008

SYNOPSIS: A PORTRAIT OF A VERY YOUNG ARTIST AND AN ENTHUSIASTIC FATHER WHO DISCOVERS TRUTH IN THE CLICH “CREATIVE DIFFERENCES” WHEN HE ATTEMPTS TO TEACH HIS 4-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER ABOUT FILMMAKING. ELLA LEARNS WHAT SHE WANTS TO, DISCARDS WHAT SHE DOESN’T, AND IS DETERMINED TO BE A STAR IN HER OWN MIND.

— DIRECTOR ROSENBLATT: A FORMER A FILM AND VIDEO PRODUCTION INSTRUCTOR AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY AND ELSEWHERE, HIS FILMS HAVE WON OVER ONE HUNDRED AWARDS AND HAVE BEEN SCREENED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

2. “THE BETRAYAL”
DIRECTOR: ELLEN KURAS AND THAVISOUK PHRASAVATH
RUNNING TIME: 97 MIN., YEAR: 2008

SYNOPSIS: FILMED OVER 23 YEARS, TELLS THE STORY OF A FAMILY’S EPIC JOURNEY FROM WAR-TORN LAOS TO THE MEAN STREETS OF NEW YORK. THAVISOUK PHRASAVETH TELLS HIS OWN STORY OF STRUGGLING AS A YOUNG MAN TO SURVIVE BOTH THE WAR AND THE HARDSHIPS OF IMMIGRANT LIFE, AS WELL AS HIS MOTHER’S ASTONISHING TALE OF PERSEVERANCE.

— DIRECTOR KURAS: AWARD-WINNING CINEMATOGRAPHER AND THREE-TIME WINNER AT SUNDANCE, THIS IS HER DIRECTING DEBUT. LAOTIAN CO-DIRECTOR PHRASAVATH IS ALSO THE MAIN SUBJECT OF THE FILM.

3. “CHILDREN IN NO MAN’S LAND” (SHORT)
DIRECTOR: ANAYANSI PRADO
RUNNING TIME: 39 MIN., YEAR: 2008

SYNOPSIS: FOLLOWS THE PLIGHT OF UNACCOMPANIED MINORS WHO TRAVEL INTO THE UNITED STATES. TWO YOUNG COUSINS ATTEMPT TO CROSS THE US/MEXICO BORDER ALONE TO REUNITE WITH THEIR MOTHERS IN THE MIDWEST.

— DIRECTOR PRADO: LATINA MAGAZINE NAMED HER ONE OF THREE UP-AND-COMING LATINA FILMMAKERS IN THE UNITED STATES. SHE IS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF A NEW DISCOVERY SERIES ON HUMANITARIAN ISSUES IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY IN THE U.S.

4. “THE GARDEN”
DIRECTOR: SCOTT HAMILTON KENNEDY
RUNNING TIME: 80 MIN., YEAR: 2008, WON GRAND JURY AWARD AT SILVERDOCS DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL

SYNOPSIS: FOLLOWS THE PLIGHT OF MOSTLY IMMIGRANT FARMERS FROM THE TILLED SOIL OF THE UNITED STATES’ LARGEST URBAN FARM TO LOS ANGELES CITY HALL, TELLING THE STORY OF BACK ROOM DEALS, LAND DEVELOPERS, GREEN POLITICS, POVERTY, POWER AND RACIAL DISCORD AS THE FARMERS ORGANIZE AND SPEAK OUT WHILE BULLDOZERS ARE POISED TO LEVEL THEIR 14-ACRE OASIS.

— DIRECTOR KENNEDY: HIS DEBUT DOCUMENTARY, “OT: OUR TOWN” WON AWARDS AT TOP FILM FESTIVALS AND WAS NOMINATED FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY BY THE IFP INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS.

5. “MISS NAVAJO”
DIRECTOR: BILLY LUTHER
RUNNING TIME: 60 MIN., YEAR: 2007

SYNOPSIS: REVEALS THE INNER BEAUTY OF THE YOUNG WOMEN WHO COMPETE IN THIS CELEBRATION OF WOMANHOOD. NOT ONLY MUST CONTESTANTS EXHIBIT POISE AND GRACE AS THOSE IN TYPICAL PAGEANTS, THEY MUST ALSO ANSWER TOUGH QUESTIONS IN NAVAJO
AND DEMONSTRATE PROFICIENCY IN SKILLS ESSENTIAL TO DAILY TRIBAL LIFE: FRY-BREAD MAKING, RUG WEAVING AND SHEEP BUTCHERING.

— DIRECTOR LUTHER: A NATIVE AMERICAN WHO IS NAVAJO, HOPI, AND LAGUNA, LUTHER CONCEIVED THE FILM AS A CELEBRATION OF WOMANHOOD AND A TRIBUTE TO HIS MOTHER, SARAH JOHNSON LUTHER, WHO WAS MISS NAVAJO NATION 1966-67.

6. “MADE IN LA”
DIRECTOR: ALMUDENA CARRACEDO
RUNNING TIME: 70 MIN., YEAR: 2007

SYNOPSIS: FOLLOWS THE REMARKABLE STORY OF LATINA IMMIGRANTS WORKING IN LOS ANGELES GARMENT SWEATSHOPS AS THEY EMBARK ON A THREE-YEAR ODYSSEY TO WIN BASIC LABOR PROTECTIONS FROM TRENDY CLOTHING RETAILER ‘FOREVER 21.’

— DIRECTOR CARRACEDO: NOW A U.S. CITIZEN, WORKED AS A TELEVISION DIRECTOR IN SPAIN BEFORE COMING TO THE U.S. AS AN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR TO WORK ON HER DOCTORAL DISSERTATION AT UCLA FILM SCHOOL.

7. “AMERICA’S LOST LANDSCAPE: THE TALLGRASS PRAIRIE”
DIRECTOR: DAVID O’SHIELDS
RUNNING TIME: 58 MIN., YEAR: 2005, WINNER OF THE IDA PARE
LORENTZ AWARD

SYNOPSIS: TELLS THE STORY OF HOW AND WHY THE PRAIRIE WAS CHANGED BY EURO-AMERICAN SETTLEMENT. THE FILM HIGHLIGHTS PRAIRIE PRESERVATION EFFORTS AND EXPLORES HOW THE TALLGRASS PRAIRIE ECOSYSTEM MAY SERVE AS A MODEL FOR A
SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE OF THE FUTURE.

— DIRECTOR O’SHIELDS: WAS ALSO THE FILM’S WRITER, PRODUCER AND DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY. HAS EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AS A CAMERAMAN AND DIRECTOR IN COMMERCIAL TELEVISION. FOUNDED NEW LIGHT MEDIA TO FOCUS ON FILMS ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT, DEMOCRACY, RACE AND AMERICAN HISTORY.

8. “FLOW: FOR LOVE OF WATER”
DIRECTOR:IRENA SALINA, PRODUCER: STEVE STARR
RUNNING TIME: 84 MIN., YEAR: 2008, NOMINATED FOR GRAND
JURY PRIZE AT SUNDANCE, WON BEST DOCUMENTARY AT VAIL FILM FESTIVAL

SYNOPSIS: AN INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT EXPERTS LABEL THE MOST IMPORTANT POLITICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE OF THE 21ST CENTURY–THE WORLD WATER CRISIS–THAT BUILDS A CASE AGAINST THE GROWING PRIVATIZATION OF THE WORLD’S DWINDLING
FRESH WATER SUPPLY WITH A FOCUS ON POLITICS, POLLUTION, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND THE EMERGENCE OF A DOMINEERING WORLD WATER CARTEL. INCLUDES A LOOK AT PEOPLE AND INSTITUTIONS PROVIDING PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS TO THE WATER CRISIS AND THOSE DEVELOPING NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL GLOBAL AND ECONOMIC TURNAROUND.

— PRODUCER STARR: FOUNDED THE ONLINE VIDEO-SHARING MEDIA NETWORK REVVER.COM, ALSO A WRITER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER OF AWARD-WINNING INDEPENDENT FILMS.

9. “RED GOLD”
DIRECTOR: TRAVIS RUMMEL AND BEN KNIGHT
RUNNING TIME: 55 MIN., YEAR: 2008

SYNOPSIS: A FILM ABOUT THE PROPOSED PEBBLE MINE TOLD THROUGH THE UNIQUE AND DISPARATE VOICES OF COMMERCIAL, SUBSISTENCE AND SPORT FISHERMAN OF BRISTOL BAY, ALASKA THAT DOCUMENTS THE TENSION BETWEEN MINE OFFICIALS–WHO SAY THEY WILL BUILD A “CLEAN” MINE THAT WILL LEAVE THE SALMON’S HABITAT UNTOUCHED–AND LOCAL FISHERMAN WHO OPPOSE THE PROJECT.

— DIRECTORS RUMMEL AND KNIGHT: BOTH ARE ENVIRONMENTALISTS WHO BELIEVE IN UTILIZING FILM TO RAISE AWARENESS AND TO BE VEHICLES FOR CHANGE.

10. “A MAN NAMED PEARL”
DIRECTORS: SCOTT GALLOWAY AND BRENT PIERSON
RUNNING TIME: 78 MIN., YEAR: 2008

SYNOPSIS: A BIGOTED REMARK MADE IN 1976 DISSUADES PEARL FRYAR FROM MOVING INTO A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD. TOLD THAT “BLACK PEOPLE DON’T KEEP UP THEIR YARDS,” PEARL CREATES AN EXTRAORDINARY TOPIARY GARDEN, WHICH RECEIVES OVER 5,000 VISITORS A YEAR.

— DIRECTOR GALLOWAY: HAS PRODUCED MORE THAN 650 TELEVISION PROGRAMS FOR NETWORKS INCLUDING ABC, A&E, COURT TV, ESPN, FOOD NETWORK, HGTV, HISTORY CHANNEL AND THE TRAVEL CHANNEL. HE HAS WON AN EMMY, A NEW YORK FILM AND
TELEVISION AWARD AND MORE THAN TWENTY TELLY AWARDS.

— DIRECTOR PIERSON: HAS PRODUCED AND WRITTEN DOCUMENTARY FEATURES AND TELEVISION PROGRAMS FOR A&E, DISCOVERY CHANNEL, HISTORY CHANNEL, NBC, PBS, UNIVERSAL-MCA AND OTHERS.

WORLD OPERA WEEK IN BANGKOK

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(Thanks to Merveillesxx who told me about this)

BANGKOK OPERA
and the Bangkok Opera HIV Awareness Project
with outstanding artists from Asia, Europe, and The Americas
presents its second
WORLD OPERA WEEK

November 23-29, 2009
Venues: The Thailand Cultural Center
The Bangkok Art and Culture Center

ODE TO JOY • LA BOHEME • A BOY AND A TIGER

EARLY BIRD TICKETS NOW ON SALE AT
THAI TICKET MAJOR OUTLETS
(02) 262-3456
www.thaiticketmajor.com

20% OFF UNTIL OCTOBER 15

more information at the Bangkok ShOpera, BACC
or email chintana@bangkokopera.com
or call (02) 231-5273

Bangkok Opera’s first “World Opera Week” in 2003 brought distinguished guests like Wolfgang Wagner to Thailand and mounted the Southeast Asian premiere of Britten’s “Turn of the Screw”. Six years later, the Bangkok Opera has grown to be an internationally acclaimed entity (called “the operatic hub of Southeast Asia” by New York’s OPERA NEWS) and it’s time for another week celebrating singers and musicians from around the world.

November 23 – Ode to Joy
• 7:30

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and more, with members of many choirs from all over the city joining the Orpheus Choir and Siam Philharmonic, and great soloists: Nancy Yuen, Israel Lozano, Sheilagh Angpiroj, and Stefan Sanchez … some of the most popular singers to perform in Bangkok.

Tickets 100 to 1000 baht.

November 25, 26 at 7:30

• La Boheme

The most popular operatic duo to perform in Bangkok, Nancy Yuen and Israel Lozano did Butterfly here in 2007 in a production so acclaimed that its director and designer were invited to create a Butterfly at the renowned Savonlinna Festival in Finland. They are together in Puccini again, this time in Puccini’s most beloved opera under the direction of Darren Royston of RADA, whose brilliant “THAIS” (the Asian premiere of this important opera) earlier this year was a revelation. Many stars, local and international, round out this cast.

tickets: 500 to 3000 baht

November 28, 29 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

• A Boy and a Tiger

an opera by children for adults, composed by Bruce Gaston … presented by the Bangkok Opera HIV Awareness Project … Gaston’s brilliant allegory is inspired by the imagery of “The Life of Pi,” the bestselling novel by Yann Martel, who has given his blessing to the project. Children from all over Thailand, including HIV-infected children, have come together to perform this stunning new opera that teaches us to live with, and finally to love, our darkest enemies. The Siam Philharmonic Orchestra joins forces with children playing Orff instruments and members of Fong Naam.

tickets: 200 to 2000 baht

*** There is a VIP pass to all 3 events for 4,000 baht, premium seating (6,000 baht if sold separately).

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