Films* have been selected to showcase a truly global variety of nationalities, languages and cultures, including gender diversity, to reflect people's way of life around the world. The programme is divided into five categories:
Kaleidoscope: This category covers films that have won recognition at other leading international film festivals.
Record: Documentaries from across the world offer fascinating stories told from different perspectives.
Windows: Films that tell stories in a new way, shot with unique techniques. This section also includes short and experimental films that blaze a trail for future filmmakers.
Special Presentation: This category offers more than just movies - here the audience gets the chance to interact with filmmakers and learn more about the creative process behind getting movies to the big screen.
Classics: This category features iconic classics that are tough to find but still feature large in people's memories.
- Note: film details and screening programme are included in the attachment.
Of the 61 films on show, 12 acclaimed highlights sure to immerse viewers are Aftersun (UK and US), Alcarr?s (Spain and Italy), In Viaggio (Italy), Eo (Poland and France), No Bears (Iran), A Man (Japan), Tori and Lokita (Belgium), A Hundred Flowers (Japan), Rule 34 (Brazil and France), Return to Seoul (France, South Korea, Cambodia, Germany and Belgium), Tchaikovsky's Wife (Russia, France, Switzerland) and Close (Belgium). These films have won international recognition at film festivals in Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Busan.
This festival will also help filmmakers link up and forge connections across the industry. This year, about 40 directors, actors and film industry experts will attend the festival.
Acclaimed films by new directors will vie for the Lotus Award. This year, 21 films are nominated: 1. #LookAtMe (Singapore); 2. I Have Electric Dreams (Belgium, France and Costa Rica); 3. A Man (Japan); 4. Rule 34 (Brazil and France); 5. Safe Place (Croatia and Slovenia); 6. Leonor Will Never Die (Philippines); 7. Scala (Thailand); 8. Stonewalling (Japan); 9. The Sales Girl (Mongolia); 10. Tora's Husband (India); 11. Under the Fig Trees (Tunisia); 12. Joyland (Pakistan); 13. Autobiography (Indonesia, France, Singapore, Poland, Philippines, Germany and Qatar); 14. Blue Again (Thailand); 15. Have You Seen This Woman? (Serbia and Croatia); 16. Victim (Slovakia, Czech Republic and Germany); 17. Memento Mori: Earth (Vietnam); 18. Riceboy Sleeps (Canada); 19. The Cord of Life (China); 20. A Hundred Flowers (Japan); and 21. Klondike (Ukraine).
The Kriengsak Silakong Award, created in honour of the festival's long-time director who died suddenly on March 27, will honour those who have made significant contributions to the film industry both in Thailand and overseas.
The festival will also celebrate the work of director Mom Luang Phanthevanop Devakula (Mom Noi), who died on September 15, by screening three of his films - Chan Poo Chai Na Ya, Nang Nual and Mahasajan Haeng Rak.
The 15th World Film Festival of Bangkok, featuring 61 films and 20 experimental movies from 51 countries, as well as special activities, will be held on December 2 to 11 at the SF World Cinema at CentralWorld. Visit www.worldfilmbangkok.com or Facebook: World Film Festival of Bangkok Official for more information.
Source: Nation Group