BANGKOK — Preview a Thai film made in Myanmar and other cinematic gems of ASEAN starting Sunday at Ramkhamhaeng University.
Represented as the first Thai film shot in Myanmar in five decades, “From Bangkok To Mandalay” will hold a free test screening at the university’s ASEAN Film Festival and Conference, a five-day event featuring nine films selected from the region.
Representing Thailand “From Bangkok To Mandalay” telling a romantic story between two generations of Myanmar men and Thai women through their love letters.
Also showing will be “The Wandering” or Thudongkawat, an acclaimed monk film about a sorrowful man who tries desperately to escape his suffering. It will show Thursday with director Boonsong Nakphoo there to discuss it afterward in Thai.
“My Teacher” is a 2014 Thai-Laotian drama about a teacher who wants to go back to teach kids in his village but is challenged by many obstacles. Davy Chou’s 2011 documentary “Golden Slumbers” represents Cambodia, telling the rise of its cinema industry from 1960 onward and how the Khmer Rouge played a part in its fall.
Also check out a Vietnamese sci-fi romantce “2030,” and Singapore’s “Unlucky Plaza,” about a poor Filipino single father pushed to take a rich Singaporean family hostage.
The screenings are free in Thai and English subtitles. Tickets can be reserved online.
The festival kicks off at 10:30am on Sept. 25 at SF Cinema, The Mall Bangkapi. After that, all screenings and conferences will be held in room No. 322 of the Sukhothai Building of Ramkhamhaeng University’s campus in Hua Mak.