BANGKOK — The Rio Games last month showed drugs in competitive sports remain a problem four decades after doping became a matter of international brinkmanship during the Cold War.
Czech director Andrea Sedlackova’s went back to 1983 and the run-up to the Los Angeles Olympics to tell the story of a talented young sprinter whose own dreams are tainted when she is unwittingly doped by her mother.
In “Fair Play,” which opens the Contemporary World Film Series in Bangkok next week, young athlete Anna is under pressure to burnish East Germany’s prestige, but also to satisfy her political dissident mother’s ambitions to find freedom abroad.
When Anna refuses to take steroids, her mother is ordered to administer them in the guise of vitamins. Apart from the issues of doping, the film also explores questions of morality, politics and immigration.
Hosted its first nine years by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, the film festival celebrates its 10th year under the stewardship of TK Park at CentralWorld, with one Saturday show each month now through December.
Screening are free but there is a 20 baht entry fee for a TK Park day pass. Tickets can be reserved online.
“Fair Play” is suggested for audiences 15+ and will be screened in Czech with English and Thai subtitles at 4pm on Sept. 10 in the TK Park auditorium located on the eighth floor of CentralWorld.
For October, every mongrel and mutt dog will have its revenge on the human race in Hungarian film “White God,” which won the Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2014. It shows Oct. 22.
Correction: An earlier version of this story said the event was hosted by the FCCT. In fact this year it is hosted by TK Park.