Gov’t aid freshens festival

This year's event will screen 60 films

BANGKOK — A new coalition of government partners has breathed life into the Bangkok Film Festival. Now in its fourth year, the fest has picked up support from the Federation of National Film Assns., the Tourism Authority and the Dept. of Export Promotion.

Following on a pan-Asian movement in the region, this year’s fest will screen 60 films, including Iran’s “Under the Moonlight” by Reza Mir-Karimi, “Smell of Camphor, Fragrance of Jasmine” by Bahman Farmanara and Hong Kong’s “In the Mood for Love” by Wong Kar-Wai.

A special festival section will focus on Thai films. Government support has allowed the festival to restore 12 classic Thai films dating back to the early 1970s and to subtitle them in English for the first time.

The festival will be held Nov. 16-25.

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