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Bangkok Express

Bangkok Express

As I write this post, we are sitting in Narita Airport in Tokyo during a six hour layover between international flights. Overnight from Atlanta. to Tokyo, then a few hours to Bangkok. Narita is are about 100 miles (or so) away from yesterday’s earthquake and nuclear spill.

Hmmm…an atomic spill into the ocean near Tokyo. Bring anything to mind?

See y’all on 1.18.08!

Meanwhile on television, I am watching the devastating footage of a plane crash in Brazil.

Brazil is Burning

This is the beginning of my summer holiday??

Our trip to Thailand that is part honeymoon and part family visit. Celebrating our first anniversary, this wil be the first time I’l meet many members of Trin’s family.

The trip also happens to coincide with the Bangkok International Film Festival.


Though the festival receives major sponsorship from Variety, the biz publication pulls no punches when writing a festival overview entitled “Bangkok festival’s future uncertain.”

Acording to Kong Rithdee: “It’s almost a miracle the fest is still happening, but that’s the end of good news: Its future is as dismal as its past, and this year’s edition could be the last, unless a major shake-up takes place in the next six months or so.”

The article describes a tumultuous year in which the festival suffered major fundiung cuts (the budget was slashed from $5 million to $2 milion), complete organizational overhaul of the production team (canceling the contract with U.S. based “Film Festival Management” and localizing the operation), and a shift in dates and venues (from January to July)—all moves aimed at curbing five years of chronic mismanagement and overspending. The new team intends to fix things like an absense of Thai subtitles and the fests predilection for promoting international stars while overlooking an abundence of emerging Thai talent.

The festival opens Thursday evening with Hungary’s 1956-set ‘Children of Glory’, a selection aimed at curbing still more controversy.

Mr. Rithde reports:

“Struggling through rumor, uncertainty, postponements, crises of confidence and changes of staff, the Bangkok Intl. Film Festival has survived its own nightmare and will open this month.

It also managed to avoid fueling any kind of political controversy — which it didn’t need — by dropping its original opening-night film, the Cannes prizewinning animated movie “Persepolis,” after a request from the Iranian Embassy in Bangkok in late June.”

Amidst so much conflict and controversy, there has been little said about the actual content of the festival.

I look forward to attending the event over the course of the next week and blogging about it.

If the play’s the thing, as Shakespeare wrote, then the merit of films will determine whether all this sound and fury is significant of something worthwhile–or whether I’ll be telling a tale thatsignifies nothing.

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