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Three Thai Filmmakers to Watch

Raymond Phathanavirangoon
A familiar face at film festivals everywhere, Phathanavirangoon is a Bangkok-based producer and programmer whose Singaporean film “Apprentice” (directed by Boo Junfeng) will be showing at Un Certain Regard. Another project he’s wrapping is Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s thriller “Samui Song.” But his latest brainchild is Southeast Asia Fiction Film Lab, among the first of its kind in the region. It will select five scriptwriters for a nine-month intensive writing lab that will take place in October in Chiang Mai and Singapore.

Soros Sukhum
A prolific producer, Sukhum has some of Thailand’s best-known indie titles under his belt – “Wonderful Town,” “Mundane History,” “Snap” – while his regional reach begins to grow. This year, Soros produced the Rotterdam-premiered “Motel Mist,” directed by Thailand’s Prabda Yoon, and co-produced the Critics’ Week entry “Diamond Island,” directed by Cambodian-French helmer Davy Chou. He has just finished “By the Time It Gets Dark,” the second feature by Anocha Suwichakornpong, and he’s also working on “Popeye,” a road movie shot in Thailand by Singaporean director Kirsten Tan.

Mario Maurer
The German-Thai actor rose to fame with “Love of Siam” in 2007. After more hits such as “Little Things Called Love” and “Pee Mak,” he became Thailand’s superstar who also has a strong following in China, Taiwan, the Philippines and other Southeast Asian countries. This year Maurer stars in “Take Me Home,” a horror film produced by independent outfit North Star.

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