Thailand targets Oscars with Headshot
By Patrick Frater
Mon, 24 September 2012, 19:05 PM (HKT)
Thailand had selected arty thriller Headshot ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า (2011) as its contender for the foreign-language Oscars.
Directed by Pen-ek RATANARUANG เป็นเอก รัตนเรือง, the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and is only now hitting the North American commercial circuits, having toured the world's festivals in between.
The selection was made by the National Federation of Thai Film Associations.
"The Federation just sent all the documents through this morning," producer Pawas SAWATCHAIYAMET พวัสส์ สวัสดิ์ชัยเมธ told Film Business Asia on Monday, though word had already filtered out to social networks over the weekend.
The film, about a serial killer who sees the world upside down, is the fourth by Ratanaruang to be given a shot by the Federation – after his earlier 6ixtynin9 เรื่องตลก ６９ (1999), Mon-rak Transistor มนต์รักทรานซิสเตอร์ (2001) and Last Life in the Universe เรื่องรัก น้อยนิด มหาศาล (2003).
It is the second Asia-Pacific title in this year's Oscar race for Paris-based sales house Memento Films International, which represents Headshot and Australia's German-language entry Lore, directed by Cate SHORTLAND.
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