‘Isabella’ tops Bangkok film fest

Hong Kong thriller takes highest honor

BANGKOK — Top prize at the World Film Festival of Bangkok was awarded Sunday to “Isabella,” a quiet thriller by Hong Kong helmer Pang Ho-cheung.

Other winners at the fest, which ran Oct. 11-23, were “Seeds of Doubt” for screenplay; “Climates” (Iklimer), by Turkish helmer Nuri Bilge Ceylan, for cinematography; and “12:08 East of Bucharest,” which took a special jury prize.

The People’s Choice Award went to “The Banquet” (China), fest’s opening film.

Event, backed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, is in its fourth year. Fest director Kriengsak “Victor” Silakong said the Thai public was seemingly more aware of the festival this year and 70% of the available tickets were sold.

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