'Love' named best film

“The Love of Siam,” a drama about family crisis and gay teen love, took top kudos in Thailand’s Subhanahongsa Awards on Sunday.

Pic was named best film and its helmer Chukiat Sakweerakul (13 Beloved”) took the directing award. Chermarn Boonyasak also collected supporting actress honors.

Another film dealing with homosexuality, “Bankkok Love Story,” won the awards for screenplay, cinematography and sound.

The most numerous kudos haul went to “Muay Thai Chaiya,” for which Akara Amarttayakul and Sonthaya Chitmanee, respectively, were named best actor and supporting actor. It also won for editing, make-up and art direction.

Subhanahongsa Awards are the country’s top movie kudos and are organized by the Federation of National Film Assns. of Thailand. Only films released in 2007 in Thailand are eligible.

As a mark of respect to recently deceased HRH Princess Galyani Vadana event, held in Bangkok’s Siam Niramitr Theater, was lower key than in previous years.

“The Love of Siam” (Sahamongkol Film International)

Chukiat Sakweerakul for “The Love of Siam”

Akara Amarttayakul for “Muay Thai Chaiya”

Marsha Wattanapanich for “Alone”

Supporting Actor
Sonthaya Chitmanee for “Muay Thai Chaiya”

Supporting Actress
Chermarn Boonyasak for “The Love of Siam”

Poj Arnon for “Bangkok Love Story”

Tiwa Moeithaisong for “Bangkok Love Story”

Sonit Atwinigon for “Muay Thai Chaiya”

Wachai Rawongsarut for “Bangkok Love Story”

Original song
“Parinippan” from “The Life of Buddha”

Original score
Gaywan Golawanotai for “The Life of Buddha”

Art direction
Tana Maykaampoot and Natniti Sotganwijit for “Muay Thai Chaiya”

Costume design
Charaa Wanaalai for “Kung Fu Tootsie”

Marit Choakbecha for “Muay Thai Chaiya”

Visual effects
Julien Vanhoenacker and Joaquim Montserrat for “Body #19”

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