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Four Irish films will be screened this year from a variety of genres: the hugely popular family-friendly animated feature Song of the Sea, romantic musical Once which won an Oscar for best song, My Left Foot the classic Oscar-winning drama starring Daniel Day Lewis, and John Hume in America, a documentary about a little known but influential figure in Irish political history. The film festival is taking place at the Bangkok Screening Room from 21st-23rd September. All films are in English with Thai subtitles. Tickets are 120 Baht (90 Baht for members/students/children).
Friday 21st September
18:30 – 20:00 Once
Saturday 22nd September
16:15 – 18:15 My Left Foot
18:45 – 20:15 John Hume in America
20:45 – 22:15 Once
Sunday 23rd September
13:45 – 15:15 Song of the Sea
16:15 – 18:15 My Left Foot
The Embassy of France in Thailand will open the French Ambassador’s Residence to the public as part of “European Heritage Days” on Sunday 16th September 2018. The original building dates back to the 1830’s, however it has been added onto extensively during the 20th Century. Then during the last decade, it went through another series of renovations to modernize it. During the open day, you are allowed up to the living room and large dining room on the second floor, then down to the reception room on the ground floor and the swimming pool around the back. Photography is allowed.
Heritage Days have been held every year since 1984 on the third weekend of September by the French authorities in France and abroad to promote the richness and diversity of public buildings. They were subsequently adopted by other European countries. This “open house” in Bangkok will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry is free and you don’t need to register in advance. But bring some photo ID. Last year they had nearly 1,000 visitors and so it may get crowded at times. The French Embassy can be found at: No. 35, rue de Brest, Thanon Charoenkrung Soi 36, in the district of Bang Rak, Bangkok. It is next door to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
The inaugural Nordic Film Festival 2018 will take place in Bangkok from 28 September to 30 September 2018 at Quartier CineArt in The EmQuartier. The aim of the festival is to highlight the success of Nordic films, celebrate Nordic culture and raise awareness around common priorities such as sustainability and gender equality. This modern film fest features eight movies selected to represent the quality of films from Nordic countries for everyone to enjoy; across a variety of genres that show the arts & culture and way of life in the Nordic part of Northern Europe. Movies will be free for visitors to view, and will be offered with English subtitles. Reservation can be made at Quartier CineArt, half an hour before each screening. Tickets are made available on a first-come-first-served basis.
The film selection from each country in this festival will include the Danish drama “Land of Mine” which is a historical portrait taking place in post-WWII Denmark telling the story of a group of young German prisoners of war. In the Danish comedy “Superclásico” a man travels to Argentina to win his wife back. The two Finnish films “Moomins on the Riviera” and “Tom of Finland” might seem different but are both based on the values of love, courage, tolerance and freedom.
“The King’s Choice” and “Kon-Tiki” are this year’s Norwegian films. Both films tell compelling and personal narratives and present important events in 20th century Norway. Sweden’s “A Serious Game” is a drama about a passionate love story based on a novel by famous Swedish writer Hjalmar Söderberg. “Martha & Niki” is a documentary about two women and their passion for dance. Both Swedish films are directed by women.
The Nordic Film Festival 2018 is organized by the embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. It is hoped that the Festival will increase interest for the Nordics as a creative and innovative region, and help to amplify the demand for quality films that already exist in Thailand.
During the three days, they will be screening eight films of the four Nordic countries at Quartier CineArt, 4th Floor, EmQuartier.
Friday 28 September
18.00 Superclásico (Denmark)
20.00 Kon-Tiki (Norway)
Saturday 29 September
15.00 Martha & Niki (Sweden)
17.00 Tom of Finland (Finland)
19.30 The King’s Choice (Norway)
Sunday 30 September
15.00 Moomins on the Riviera (Finland)
17.00 A Serious Game (Sweden)
19.30 Land of Mine (Denmark)
The British Community’s annual fund-raising blockbuster event for Thai charities will be held this year on Saturday 24th November 2018. The Ploenchit Fair is arguably the largest Fair in Thailand and is a traditional day for all the family. It has been one of the biggest events of the social calendar in Bangkok since it was first held in the British Embassy in 1957. Due to security concerns and space restraints, the fair was moved elsewhere in 2001. However, this year the Ploenchit Fair is coming home to the British Embassy. If you’ve never been before, make the most of it as the embassy grounds have been sold off and this might be your last chance to see the historic buildings. Click here for a photo album of the ambassador’s residence and the grounds.
Everybody comes to the Ploenchit Fair – the theme is a traditional British fairground and it is a day to meet all your friends, pick up some fabulous bargains, sample great international cuisine, exhaust the children with a variety of funfair games and rides, or just knock back some champagne, cold beer or even Pimms while enjoying great bands who perform throughout the afternoon on the main stage.
Date: Saturday 24th November 2018 Venue: British Embassy in Bangkok Open: 10.00 am –8.00 pm Entrance fee: (TBC)150 Baht Adults, 50 Baht Children + All Day Rides special ticket available
All proceeds of the Fair are used to support charity requests and up to this year, the Foundation has raised over 60 million baht to assist these worthy causes.
These pictures are from the Pploenchit Fair at Bangkok Patana School.
After the success of the past years, the 2018 edition of the Italian Film Festival Bangkok is about to start. It is the 4th year of the Festival and as usual, it will take place at Quartier CineArt in Bangkok. The festival program includes roundtables on Cinema Business, concerts, Short movies and Soundtrack competition, an Opening Gala and, of course, the screening of selected Italian contemporary movies, which are: Correspondence, Emma, Gatta Cenerentola, It’s all about karma, Tenderness, The place and Young, fit…and almost good looking.
The Italian Film Festival Bangkok 2018 is held from 11th to 16th September at Quartier CineArt, 4th floor, The EmQuartier. Tickets are 180, 200 or 700 Baht for a special couple seats. Every film will be shown with English and also with Thai subtitles.
This year, the President of Dante Alighieri association Mrs Maria Flora Di Matteo approved a partnership with the most important short movies Festival in Italy: Cortinametraggio. After joining Cortinametraggio 2018 last March, Mrs Maria Flora Di Matteo will attend also the Venice Film Festival in these days and Mrs Maddalena Mayneri, Director of Cortinametraggio, will fly to Bangkok for the Festival.
The film festival is organised by Dante Alighieri Society Bangkok, in the framework of the Italian Festival Thailand, organised by Embassy of Italy in Thailand and with the support of Generali Thailand as Main Sponsor, in cooperation with Benetone Films, The Emquartier, with Quartier CineArt as venue partner and with Velvet Media Thailand as media partner.
As part of the celebration of the ‘European Year of Cultural Heritage’, five embassies in Thailand will be opening up their premises to the public free of charge. This is a unique opportunity for the public to enjoy a guided visit of European Union Member States’ Ambassadorial Residences, discover European cultural heritage sites up close and learn about their history. The ‘European Heritage Open House Days’ will take place on the weekend of 15 – 16 September. The five embassies taking part are Belgium, France, Portugal, The Netherlands and the UK.
The Dining Room in the French Ambassador’s Residence in Bangkok
European Heritage Open Days take place in September every year in Europe. During this time, doors are opened to numerous monuments and sites, allowing Europe’s citizens to enjoy free visits and learn about their shared cultural heritage and encouraging them to become actively involved in the safeguard and enhancement of this heritage for present and future generations. Heritage Open Days are also held in other countries around the world. In Thailand, the French Embassy has opened the doors to the Ambassador’s Residence every year on the third weekend of September. For the first time this year, four other European embassies in Bangkok will also join them.
French Ambassador’s Residence in Bangkok
Residence of the French Ambassador
Event date: Sunday 16 September Opening hours: 10:00 – 16:00 hrs. Registration: No pre-registration required. Please bring your ID, Passport or Driving License for security check at the entrance.
Address: Charoenkrung 36 (Rue de Brest), Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
British Ambassador’s Residence in Bangkok
Residence of the British Ambassador
Event date: Saturday 15 September Opening hours: 09:00 – 11:30 hrs. for Thai-speaking visitors
13:00 – 15:30 hrs. for English-speaking visitors Registration: Follow @ukinthailand Facebook page for information on how to register
Address: British Embassy, 14 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Ministry of Culture of Taiwan, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Thailand, Documentary Club, Thai Media Fund, and SF World Cinema present the first “Taiwan Documentary Film Festival in Bangkok 2018” in Thailand to strengthen the relationship between Thailand and Taiwan as well as to share art, culture, history and lifestyle of Taiwanese people through films. This festival is based on the success of the documentary film project, a collaboration project between SF and Documentary Club which has continued for four years.
Eight documentary films will be screened with Thai and English subtitles during “Taiwan Documentary Film Festival in Bangkok 2018” which will take place during August 30 – September 2, 2018 at SF World Cinema CentralWorld. Tickets are 160 baht each for a Deluxe Seat and 180 baht for a Premium Seat.
The eight highlight movies from Taiwan include “Small Talk”, a winner from Berlin International Film Festival this year.
Every morning, my mother wakes up well before me, prepares my lunch, and takes off. Every evening, after eating out, my mom comes home, washes up, closes her bedroom door, and is asleep by 9 PM. We live in the same space, my mother and I. But for decades now, we are like strangers under one roof. The only exchanges are the meals she cooks and leaves for me on our dining room table. No hellos, no goodbyes, and no “I love you.” Silence permeates our house as I watch her, knowing that beneath the deafening silence lies a secret that weighs heavily on her, keeping her from speaking; knowing that behind her tightly pursed lips is a shame so overbearing that it suffocates her. One day, I finally summon up the courage to sit her down and make her talk. My camera becomes a gateway and a tool in prying open the Pandora’s box and capturing my mother’s secrets. But am I ready to hear what she has to say? Are we ready to face what’s been buried for so long?
“Le Moulin” was the winner for Best Documentary at the Golden Horse Film Festival 2016, which is a leading film festival.
After forty years of Japanese colonial rule, Taiwan’s first modern art group, Le Moulin Poetry Society, emerged in the 1930s with their poetic protest against the colonial power’s cultural superiority. Regarding the Surrealists as their absolute role models, Le Moulin poets composed poetry in an uncompromising and sophisticated style to confront the turbulent era they lived in.
“Time Splits in the River” is a story about four artists who decide to invite their parents to play the parts of dissidents in 1980s Taiwan. To get prepared for the performance, the artists show the actors footage from that time, initiating the discussion of arts and politics. Although none of them were involved in the event, they are still caught up in the story as well as their own past.
“Sunflower Occupation” In 2014, when protesting against the Cross-strait Service Trade Agreement that was hastily approved, a group of protestors stormed into the Taiwanese parliament and occupied for 24 days. Why and how did it happen? What changes did the young generation go through?
After they stormed through the side door of the Legislative Yuan, it was like the door to a bottomless black hole was thrown open. The most eternal and fundamental question is: What is democracy? What is the government? What is violence? What is the future? What is the happiness we seek? Who are “we”?
“The Silent Teacher” In Taiwan, a dead body used for medical dissection is called “a silent teacher”. This film tells the story of Mrs LIN, whose body will be dissected the next year. In the dissection class, Mrs LIN, the “silent teacher” will definitely teach the medical students and her family more about the meaning of life.
Documentary films which will be screened include, “The Immortal’s Play” which is about life of a Chinese opera actress, “The Mountain” which is about a man who fights for his rights during the Imperialism period, and “Stranger in the Mountain” which is about the fight of the remaining descendants of the Kuomintang of China.
“Taiwan Documentary Film Festival in Bangkok 2018” will take place during August 30 – September 2, 2018 at SF World Cinema CentralWorld. Tickets are 160 baht each for a Deluxe Seat and 180 baht for a Premium Seat. Check the showtime and purchase tickets on www.sfcinemacity.com and on SF Cinema application from August 15 onward. For more information, call SF Call Center 02-268-8888, visit www.sfcinemacity.com and www.facebook.com/Welovesf or go to the information counter at the cinema.