Plexifilm Gets DVD, Theatrical Rights For Thai Film "Blissfully Yours"
by Wendy Mitchell
Plexifilm announced that it has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights for "Blissfully Yours," the latest film by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul. Plexifilm plans a fall 2003 theatrical release followed by a 2004 DVD release.
"Blissfully Yours" is the set in a small town in Thailand near the Burmese border, where a young woman named Roong plans a romantic day with her illegal immigrant boyfriend, Min. The film was a hit on the festival circuit, winning the Prix d'Un Certain Regard award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and sharing the FIPRESCI prize at the Buenos Aires International Film Festival. It also screened at festivals including Rotterdam, Sarajevo, and Thessaloniki.
"The genius of this film is in its simplicity; the highly charged sexual and political nature of the story is effortlessly uncontrived," said Plexifilm CEO Gary Hustwit in a prepared statement.
Plexifilm also previously released Weerasethakul's 2000 debut feature "Mysterious Object at Noon" on DVD. Plexifilm's other future DVD releases will include "Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)," the They Might Be Giants doc now in theaters; Gus Van Sant's debut feature "Mala Noche"; and the skate park doc "Northwest" by Rick Charnoski and Coan Nichols.