The Bangkok International Film Festival recently released the lineup for its 2006 edition, with Pen-Ek Ratanaruang's "Invisible Waves" opening the festival on Friday, February 17, in Bangkok, Thailand. Over 150 films will screen through the close of the festival on February 27. Described by the festival as a "psycho-thriller," "Invisible Waves" is about a chef who kills his lover and afterwards finds himself tormented by guilt, growing increasingly suspicious of the people around him.
In addition to "Invisible Waves," "The Consequences of Love," directed by Paolo Sorrentino, will screen in the International Competition and is about a man with dark secrets who removes himself to an anonymous hotel in a foreign country.
Yifan Li and Yu Yan's "Yan Mo" ("Before the Flood"), about residents displaced by construction of the Three Gorges Dam in China, will compete in the International Documentaries section. Also competing in the category is Christian Frei's "The Giant Buddhas," about the Taliban's destruction of two monumental Buddha statues in Afghanistan, and Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine's "Ballets Russes," about the legendary dance companies.
A number of Oscar-nominated films are part of the festival, including "Good Night, and Good Luck" (dir. George Clooney), "Pride and Prejudice" (dir. Joe Wright) and "The Constant Gardener" (dir. Fernando Meirelles).
The festival will host tributes to Gene Kelly and Thai screen legend Sombat Metanee. Metanee will also be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Actress Catherine Deneuve will receive a Career Achievement Award.
"Rent," directed by Chris Columbus, will close the festival. The movie is based upon the musical of the same name about a group of artists in New York's East Village struggling with rent payments, AIDS, their work and each other.
For more information, visit the festival Web site.