BANGKOK — From an acid attack on the former director of the Bolshoi Theater to the life of senile fashion icon Iris Apfel, eight engaging documentaries will screen this month for art and culture lovers.
To celebrate its 31st anniversary, River City Bangkok will reaffirm its stance as a shopping center for unique art and antiques for the whole month by arranging various exhibitions and activities, including screening eight gripping documentaries from Bangkok’s Documentary Club.
A selection of talk-of-the-town docs are to screen at the festival including “Man on Wire,” a look at high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s 1974 crossing of the World Trade Center’s twin towers; and “The Wolfpack,” Sundance’s 2015 Best Documentary about seven New York siblings locked away from the outside world for 17 years with only movies providing their knowledge of the world. There’s also “Iris,” about the creativity and soaring spirit of 93-year-old fashion hipster Iris Apfel; and “Bolshoi Babylon,” which follows the investigation into the 2013 acid attack of former Russian ballet director Sergei Filin.
For art aficionados, there’s “The New Rijksmuseum,” and premiering exclusively at the festival, 2014’s “Art and Craft,” which examines the life of Mark Landis, an American painter who went on to become the most prolific art forger in U.S. history.
All films are screened in their original languages with Thai subtitles. Tickets, which include a drink and snack, are 120 baht and can be reserved online.
Other events for the shopping mall’s anniversary include live performances, pop-up galleries and an auction. Full details available online.
River City Bangkok is located along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok’s Talat Noi area. It can be reached by an hourly, free ferry from beneath BTS Saphan Taksin.