Cannes: Thai Pitch Event Returns to The Croisette

A trio of film projects from Thailand will be presented to potential investors in Cannes next week at the rerun Thai Pitch event.

Two of the projects hail from well-known Thai directors — Wisit Sasanatieng (“Tears of the Black Tiger”) and Sananjit Bangsapan (“Hit Man File,” “Butterfly In Grey”), while one is from newcomer Wasunan Hutawet.

The three projects and the Thai Pitch are backed by Thailand’s Ministry of Culture and coordinated by producer and festival programmer Raymond Phathavinangoon. The event had its inaugural outing in 2013.

They come in a year which Thailand claims to be set for one of its strongest recent showings at Cannes. In addition to the pitching event and a visit by Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya Sirivadhana Barnavadi, Thailand can boast the return of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the 2010 Palme d’Or winner.

Weerasethakul is in final post-production and expects to show “Cemetery of Splendour” in Un Certain Regard. Shot in his hometown of Khon Kaen in northeast Thailand, “Splendour” features a middle-aged housewife who tends to a sick soldier and succumbs to hallucinations of phantoms and romance.

Sasanatieng is pitching “Suriya” a boxing drama to be produced by Athimes Arunroj-angkul. Bangsapan is pitching “Uncle Ho,” a political period piece set in the milieu between Vietnam and Thailand a century ago. Backed by experienced producers Soros Sokhum (“Wonderful Town”) and Parinee Buthrasri, Hutawet will be pitching “Sydney,” about a man’s migration from countryside to city that sparks regrets.

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