“Blissfully Thai” opens May 13 at Asia Society
Asia Society and Cineaste will present “Blissfully Thai”, a major film series on current film renaissance in Thailand, on May 13-June 17.
Thai directors have proven to be some of the world’s most original auteurs since the late 1990’s. Figures such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pen-ek Ratanaruang, and Wisit Sasanatieng have been gaining acclaim around the world, most recently with Apichatpong’s surrealist film, “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”, winning the Palme d’Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
“Blissfully Thai” will include works made since 2000 by six filmmakers born in the “˜60s and “˜70s that have each established their cinematic visions in different ways (see “About the Filmmakers” below).
There will also be a discussion between La Frances Hui, curator of the series and Senior Program Officer of Cultural Programs at Asia Society, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Pen-ek Ratanaruang on the burgeoning Thai film industry on May 14, with a reception to follow.