TOKYO — “Just as Chao Phraya River Flows,” a Thai-Japanese project, beat 37 other hopefuls to scoop the Tokyo Project Gathering Award, which includes free post-production work supplied by Sony, at the Tokyo Film Festival on Wednesday.
Thai helmer Nonzee Nimibutr’s pic is produced by Apichana Leenanond of Cinemasia and Kitarou Kanematsu of the Japanese Society of Cinematographers. Story concerns a Thai woman struggling to look after her dying Japanese partner after dementia leads him to revert to his native tongue.
Kongdedj Jaturanrasmee (“Tom Yum Goong,” “The Letter”) wrote the script.
Held Sunday to Tuesday under the auspices of the Tiffcom market, the Tokyo Project Gathering provided a venue for producers and filmmakers to scout international co-producing coin.
Projects came from Japan and the rest of Asia, Europe and the U.S., including both live action and animation. Helmers pitching new projects included Min Kyu-Dong, Alain Resnais, Sion Sono, Shinji Aoyama and Vincent Kok.
A new addition to the Tokyo Project Gathering this year was TPG Adaptation Interface, a pitch market for pic adaptation rights to novels and comics. Six properties, all from Japan, were offered.