BANGKOK — Several critically acclaimed European films will show at two festivals this month in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Khon Kaen.
Juho Kuosmanen’s Finnish drama “The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki,” which won Cannes’ Un Certain Regard last year will headline the European Union Film Festival along with 11 genres films from E.U. countries, followed by German selections to show at Bangkok’s Goethe-Institut.
The E.U. festival showcases two French features: “Nocturama” (2016) that tells the story of teenagers planning a Paris bomb attack and 2015 rom-com “Two Friends.” Two German dramas are also on the list: “Tour de Force” (2014) which follows the last bike trip of a group of best friends and “Herbert,” a 2016 chronicle of a former East German boxing champion’s suffering.
Several documentaries will also show, such as 2015 Swedish doc “Nice People” about a Somali team’s journey to become champions on the ice. Another is “Spain in a Day,” a collection of crowdsourced clips from everyday life, and that nation’s companion to Ridley Scott’s 2011 film “Life in a Day.”
All films come with English and Thai subtitles.
The films will show May 19 to 28 at SF World Cinema and CentralWorld in Bangkok. After that, the festival will run June 3 to 11 at the Maya Shopping Center in Chiang Mai and then June 17 and 18 at SF Cinema in Central Plaza Khon Kaen.
At the Goethe-Institut, Bangkok audiences can catch a fest focused solely, of course, on German flicks at German Film Week.
See nine acclaimed films such as the 2016 comedy-drama “Toni Erdmann,” which won five European Film Awards, 2017 thriller “Berlin Syndrome” and black-and-white biopic “Fritz Lang” about the pioneering German auteur.
All films are in German with English and Thai subtitles.
German Film Week will be held May 23 to 28 at Paragon Cineplex.