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By Stephen Cremin
Tue, 24 September 2013, 18:50 PM (HKT)
Thailand has put forward pyscho-thriller Countdown (2012) as its submission to the US Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
The New York-set film is the feature debut of director Nattawut "Baz" POONPIRIYA นัฐวุฒิ พูนพิริยะ, adapted from his own short film. At the Subhanahongsa Awards รางวัลภาพยนตร์แห่งชาติ สุพรรณหงส์ in March, it won for its screenplay, editing and the performance by French-Thai actor David ASAVANOND เดวิท อัศวนนท์.
The film — which was shot in a studio in Thailand — stars Pachara "Peach" CHIRATHIVAT พชร จิราธิวัฒน์, Jarinporn "Toey" JOONKIAT จรินทร์พร จุนเกียรติ and Pattarasaya "Peak" KRUASUWANSIRI ภัทรศยา เครือสุวรรณศิริ as Thai teenagers who are seduced and then tormented by a drug dealer in their apartment on New Year's Eve.
Last year, Thailand submitted another thriller, Pen-ek RATANARUANG เป็นเอก รัตนเรือง's Headshot ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า (2011). It only previously submitted a film by a debut director fifteen years ago, with Oxide PANG 彭順's high-concept thriller Who is Running? ท้าฟ้าลิขิต (1997).
The submission is made by the National Federation of Thai Film Associations สมาพันธ์สมาคมภาพยนตร์แห่งชาติ.