'PVC-1' takes top Bangkok prize

Director Stathoulopoulos made film in one long take

BANGKOK -- The drama "PVC-1" -- writer-director Spiros Stathoulopoulos' film shot in one long take in rural Colombia -- won the Grand Prize Golden Kinnaree Award at the Bangkok International Film Festival on Sunday night.

"Serbis," Filipino director Brillante Mendoza's film set in a family-run porn theater that screened in Competition at Cannes in May, 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 the filmmakers Lav Diaz from the Philippines and Aditya Assarat from Thailand. Judges in the Southeast Asia category included the former artistic director at the Fribourg International Film Festival, 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, showing 79 films overall, will close Tuesday with the world premiere of "Nanayo," by Japanese director Naomi Kawase.

Festival director Jaruek Kaljaruek told The Hollywood Reporter that an official from Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports said government funding would be available for another festival next year.