'PVC-1' takes Bangkok fest's top prize

Director Stathoulopoulos made film in one long take

BANGKOK -- Writer-director Spiros Stathoulopoulos' "PVC-1" -- shot in one continuous take in rural Colombia -- won the Bangkok International Film Festival's Golden Kinnaree award Sunday night.

"Serbis," Filipino director Brillante Mendoza's Cannes entry set in a family-run porn theater, won the Grand Prix Golden Kinnaree in the festival's nine-film Southeast Asian category.

Special jury prizes went to Iranian director Naghi Nemati's "Those Three," in the main competition, and Malaysian director Woo Ming Jin's "Days of Turquoise Sky," in the Southeast Asian category.

Neither Stathoulopoulos nor Mendoza was on hand to pick up their statuettes, nor was Singaporean director Eric Khoo, a main competition judge, who had to return home to oversee the premiere of his latest film, "My Magic," which was released earlier than planned to be eligible as this year's Singaporean Oscar submission.

The other judges in the main competition were filmmakers Lav Diaz from the Philippines and Aditya Assarat from Thailand. Judges in the Southeast Asia category included former Fribourg International Film Festival artistic director Martial Knaebel, Thai film star Ananda Everingham and Korean producer Oh Jungwan.

The juries awarded special mentions to "Jay," directed by Francis Xavier Pasion, and "Alice in the Land" by Chilean director Esteban Larrain. The festival, which will show 79 films, closes Tuesday with the world premiere of "Nanayo" by Japanese director Naomi Kawase.