Monday, June 18, 2012

Bangkok Cinema Scene special: FilmsForum Cinema Diverse series

FilmsForum is the newest movie group in Bangkok, and they've started a new screening series called Cinema Diverse at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. Cinema Diverse aims to screen acclaimed movies from around the world, with the filmmakers and cast present.

The first Cinema Diverse show is this Sunday with Rang Rasiya (Colors of Passion), a 2008 Hindi-language historical drama. With support from the Indian embassy, director Ketan Mehta and lead actress Nandana Sen will join the opening ceremonies at 5pm, with the movie starting at 6 in the BACC’s fifth-floor auditorium.

Touching on the themes of morality and freedom of the arts, as well as religious conflict, Rang Rasiya is a biographical drama about the famous 19th-century Indian portrait painter Raja Ravi Varma, portrayed by Randeep Hooda, and his passionate relationship with a beautiful woman, Sugandha, who inspired many of his portraits. The artist, who hailed from Kerala in southern India, is best known for his paintings of Hindi goddesses like Lakshmi, Saraswati and Devi. But he also painted sensuous portraits of beautiful women like Sugandha, which got him in trouble with conservative Hindus.

Other movies in the Cinema Diverse series are:

  • Nikkini Vasa (August Drizzle) from Sri Lanka on July 28.
  • Nino from the Philippines on October 20.
  • Matir Moina (Clay Bird) from Bangladesh on November 24.
  • Fah Talai Jone (Tears of the Black Tiger) from Thailand on December 22.

All will screen from 5pm in the fifth-floor auditorium at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. For more details, visit or their Facebook page.

Rang Rasiya will also screen at 8pm on Monday, June 25, at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, with director Ketan present. Admission for non-members is 150 baht plus 200 baht for anyone wanting the Indian food and wine served by the Indian embassy.

Take note

I'll be taking a couple week's break from updating this blog, but before I go, I want to mention the MovieMov Italian Film Festival 2012, which runs from July 3 to 7 at SFW CentralWorld. In what's sure to be another popular free movie festival – get in line early to collect your tickets to get a good seat – highlights include a Sergio Leone retrospective, showing all his great spaghetti westerns like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West as well as his gangster epic Once Upon a Time in America. This is rare chance to see these classic movies on the big screen, and I've been told they are cinema-quality digital files, not mere DVDs. There's also newer Italian films plus a line-up of acclaimed Thai movies, mostly indie films that have been big hits at festivals around the world, such as Mundane History, I Carried You Home and It Gets Better. There's also the Bangkok premiere of In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire, the debut feature by Wichanon Somumjarn. The closing film is the latest from Italian horror master Dario Argento, Dracula 3D.

See you again in a couple weeks or so.

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