Strand Gets Cannes' Thai Competition Entry, "Tropical Malady"
by Eugene Hernandez
Cannes '04 competition entry "Tropical Malady," from Thailand, has been acquired by Strand Releasing for distribution in the United States. Apichatpong Weerasethakul's new movie won a special jury prize at this year's Festival de Cannes.
The film, set in Thailand's northeastern jungles, is described in a Strand announcement as a "mystical and touching film [that] explores the blossoming relationship between a soldier and a country boy, which takes a dark twist when the legend of a dark spirit comes between them." Charlotte Mickie, representing Celluloid Dreams, negotiated the deal with Strand's co-president Jon Gerrans. The company also recently acquired Gilles Marchand's "Who Killed Bambi" from Celluloid Dreams.
"Mr. Weerasethakul's unique vision will be a welcome addition to Strand's library of filmmakers who include such talents as Francois Ozon, Manoel de Oliveira, Gregg Araki, Gaspar Noe, Raoul Ruiz, Alison Maclean, and many others," said Strand co-president Marcus Hu.
Born in Bangkok, Thailand, thirty-four year old filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul has previously directed "Blissfully Yours" and "Mysterious Object at Noon."
Strand, currently celebrating its 15th anniversary, intends to release the movie early next year. In October, the company will release Thomas Vinterberg's "It's All About Love" in conjunction with Focus Features. Other upcoming titles include Fatih Akin's "Head-On," John Greyson's "Proteus," Peter Richardson's "Stella Street," and Marcus Bernstein's "The Other Side of the Street."