Of E-Gamers and Armageddon: 7 French Docs Keep November Real

BANGKOK — Clicking is a sport and Moon a star in a French director’s exploration of his online e-sports life in “Game Fever,” one of many interesting docs showing throughout next month.

November is Documentary Film Month, and in Bangkok that means seven selected French docs highlighting cultural themes and new cinematic perspectives will screen starting Wednesday at the Alliance Francaise.

Fresh from the success of his documentary on French electro duo Daft Punk, director Herve Martin-Delpierre tackled another corner of pop culture: gaming. This time, he went to Korea to follow gaming legend Moon, who recently retired from competition to mentor a rising Chinese star. “Game Fever” reflects the online culture revolution where a new generation pursues its dreams.

Six other films will screen as well.


Fresh young immigrant arrive in Paris in 2013’s “School of Babel,” a troubled teenager is confined to a remote area in Senegal in “Death of the Serpent God” (2014). In “Once Upon a Forest,” Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet brings the same perspective of “March of the Penguins” into the rainforest. Come out of the woods and dive into 2009’s “Oceans” before exploring a Bolivian mine in “The Magic Mountain.”

The final film is 2015’s “Tomorrow,” which takes a philosophical look at human lives in the shadow of climate change.

A special engagement for children features an animated story of a Korean boy’s adoption by a Belgian family in “Couleur de Peau: Miel” at 2pm on Nov. 12.

Regular tickets are 100 baht, while students and members pay 50 baht. Admission is free to the closing film “Tomorrow” on Nov. 30, which will be followed by a discussion panel with director Cyril Dion.

Go on Wednesdays to see the films with English subtitles and Fridays to see them subtitled in Thai.

The films will show at 7pm on Wednesdays and Fridays in the auditorium of Alliance Francaise Bangkok. Find the full schedule online.

Alliance Francaise Bangkok is located on Wireless Road just a few minutes walk from exit No. 3 of MRT Lumphini.