'Past' actress Qutinen, 'Quiet's' Caine take thesp nods

HOLLYWOOD — Pedro Almodovar’s “Talk to Her” nabbed film and director kudos at the the Bangkok Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped Tuesday evening.

Michael Caine received the actor award for “The Quiet American,” Finland’s foreign-lingo Oscar nominee “The Man Without a Past” notched up actress honor for Kati Outinen and screenplay for Aki Kaurismaki, who also helmed.

An international jury of seven members screened 12 films during the five-day Golden Kinnaree Competition which kicked off Jan 17.

The other films in competition were “Dirty Deeds” (Australia); “Dolls” (Japan); “Frida” (U.S.); “Fureur” (France); “Kedma” (Israel); “Mekong Full Moon Party” (Thailand); “Small Voices” (Philippines); “Supplement” (Poland); “A Tale of a Naughty Girl” (India).

This year’s festival, which boasted a stellar roster of more than 100 films, broke local attendance records and hosted numerous international filmmakers the first time. Organizers believe the Golden Kinnaree Award will become the most highly regarded prize for filmmaking in Southeast Asia.

Festival guests included Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), Vivica A. Fox (“Kill Bill”), Jennifer Tilly (“Bullets Over Broadway”), Rick Yune (“The Fast and the Furious,” “Die Another Day”), Kelly Hu (“X-Men 2,” “The Scorpion King”) and Thomas Kretschmann (“The Pianist”).

“Local audiences have shown an overwhelming response and support for the festival,” said Kriengsak Silakong, programming director. “We were able to attract world-class films in this competition and have also provided a platform for Thai artists to showcase their work.”

More than 80% of the film screenings were sold-out. The festival added numerous screenings to accommodate the burgeoning demand. The number of seats available increased 50% from 44,000 to 66,000.

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