Thailand’s Ministry of Culture is once again organizing the Thai Pitch event at this year’s Cannes Film Festival market. Four projects from well-regarded Thai filmmakers have been chosen to take part in this year’s initiative, to be held on Saturday May 18th from 10:00-15:30. The event will take place at the Thailand Pavilion in Cannes’ Village International no. 140. This year, Thai Pitch will be coordinated by producer and film programmer Raymond Phathanavirangoon.
The four projects include:
dir: Somkiat Vithuranich (OCTOBER SONATA)
prod: Pawas Sawatchaiyamet (HEADSHOT, RED EAGLE)
Born poor and raised as the kitchen maid to a wealthy, corrupt family, Anoma spends her childhood learning that the secrets to a man’s heart lie in his stomach. When she is made to marry the master of the house, she begins to transform her culinary skills into a deadly weapon. If food could kill, then her food is the deadliest.
THE GENERAL’S SECRET
dir/prod: Pimpaka Towira (ONE NIGHT HUSBAND)
Rian lives alone with her mother who suffers from a chronic back pain. One day, after a trip, she finds that her mother’s condition has gotten better after receiving a homeopathic massage from an old masseuse called “auntie”. Rian does not believe in the treatment, but her mother feels otherwise. She decides to find out auntie’s secret by making a massage appointment with her.
THE WAY BACK
dir: Boonsong Nakphoo (FOUR STATIONS)
prod: Pantham Thongsang (TROPICAL MALADY, MID ROAD GANG)
Sueb decides to leave the capital city Bangkok behind and bring his family to live a humble life in the countryside. Things initially seems to be as joyful as anticipated, until stresses gradually pile up. Unexpectedly, one day his wife takes their only son back to the capital city. Sueb insists on hanging onto his land until he finds the key to a harmonious life.
dir: Aditya Assarat (WONDERFUL TOWN, HI-SO)
prod: Aditya Assarat, Soros Sukhum (MUNDANE HISTORY, P-047)
This is the story of Peter, a European, who is married to a Thai woman and living in her village. It is a situation that reflects a colonial past, an age when white men came to the East to exploit and build their own paradise. But today, the balance of power has changed. The European is large only in body. He is no match for the cunning and deceit of the Thais.
For more information about the event and individual projects, as well as inquiries into booking meetings, please go to www.thaipitch.com