Cannes: Thai Pitch Event Returns to Festival

Cannes Film Festival | Cannes, May 11-22
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The opening ceremony was held May 11 at the Palais des Festivals on the Croisette.

Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, whose commerical and critical hit "Freelance" swept the 2015 Thai National Film Awards, will present his next feature at the event.

Thailand's Ministry of Culture is bringing its annual Thai Pitch Event back to the Croisette for the second consecutive year, it was announced Wednesday. Cannes attendees will be given a chance to check out the forthcoming work from three of Thailand's up-and-coming and established filmmakers: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit (Freelance), Anucha Boonyawatana (The Blue Hour) and Rutaiwan Wongsirasawad (Oops! There's Dad).

Each director will present their next project to potential funders, sales agents and co-producers at the Thailand Pavilion in the Cannes International Village on May 14-15.

The 2016 Thai Pitch projects include:

Die Tomorrow
Director: Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit
Producer: Pacharin Surawatanapongs
Summary: After winning the Busan New Currents award with his debut 36 (2012) and premiering his second film Mary is Happy, Marry is Happy (2013) in Venice, Thamrongrattanarit had a critical and commercial hit with Freelance (2015), which swept the Thailand National Film Association Awards with eight wins, including for best film and best director. Die Tomorrow, his next project, entails six short segments about the impermanence of life, all inspired by deaths reported in Thai daily newspapers.

Director: Anucha Boonyawatana
Producers: Donsaron Kovitvanitcha, Kaneenut Ruengrujira
Summary: With his first feature The Blue Hour premiering at Berlin Panorama last year, Boonyawatana plans to follow up with a dark philosophical drama which explores Buddhism and death as seen through the eyes of a monk. While he practices a form of meditation called "asubha kammatthana," in which he must observe a decaying corpse for a length of time, the monk's past male lover appears to him in a different form.

To Become a Butterfly
Director: Rutaiwan Wongsirasawad
Producer: Rasarin Tanalerttararom 
Summary: Veteran TV commercial director Wongsirasawad returns 11 years after her feature debut, Oops! There's Dad (2005), with a story of a woman struggling through life while raising an autistic son. As her child gets better, her health conversely gets worse. Just when she thinks her world is over, she realizes that she has to fight one last time. Tanalerttararom, who currently is also producing Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Samui Song, is the producer.