In cannes we trust
The nearest thing to Thailand at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, which began last Wednesday and continues until this Sunday, is Cambodia. And then Singapore.
In a year where Thai auteurs are absent from the Riviera pageant, prompting suspicions whether we can sustain the upward spiral after last year’s big win of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Southeast Asia’s presence in Cannes’s elite Official Selection is headlined by the grim revision of dark history.
Half-way into the world’s most influential cine-fest, the odds are against Asia’s repeat triumph. Only two Japanese films are in the Competition, Naomi Kawase’s Hanezu No Tsuki and Takashi Miike’s 3D flick, Harakiri: Death of a Samurai.
The former is showing today, the latter tomorrow (Tatsumi, a Singaporean animation by Eric Khoo, premiered late last night in the Un Certain Regard sidebar section).