HONG KONG – Several of Thailand’s leading film-makers including Cannes Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul, have joined forces to launch a new international sales and festival promotion company, Mosquito Films Distribution.
The other partners are Pimpaka Towira, Aditya Assarat, Soros Sukhum, Anocha Suwichakornpong, and Lee Chatametikool.
The company gets its launch this week at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, where it will represent four titles.
Mosquito says it will seek to maximize the potential of the films individually and also by aggregating them as curated programs for festivals and educational establishments.
“We are so busy day to day that we sometimes forget we have amassed quite a beautiful set of movies. I think its time we unite and share these films to the world,” said Weerasethakul in a prepared statement. “I, for one, am fascinated by the aesthetic of the new Thai films. I am certain we are heading towards something more and more innovative.”
The film-maker partners have hired Sompot Chidgasornpongse as General Manager. He and two of the film-makers will attend Rotterdam and next month’s European Film market in Berlin to introduce the new venture and meet with potential clients.
At Rotterdam, Mosquito will handle “Concrete Clouds,” (pictured) directed by Chatametikool and co-produced by Weerasethakul; “The Songs of Rice,” directed by Uruphong Raksasad and produced by Towira, “Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy,” directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit and produced by Assarat, and the omnibus feature “Letters from the South,” co-directed by Assarat, Tsai Ming-Liang, Tan Chui Mui, Royston Tan, Midi Z, and Sun Koh, and produced by Tan Chui Mui.