The film, which is the directorial debut of Josh Kim, is adapted from the U.S. bestselling book “Sightseeing” by Rattawut Lapcharoensap. Pic tells the coming-of-age drama of two brothers struggling to survive and stay together in a land plagued by social and economic inequality.
An orphaned 11-year-old, Oat, learns to play the game of life while his older brother faces the possibility of being drafted into the Thai military. In Thailand, all males turning 21 years old must participate in the military draft lottery. Drawing a black card grants exemption. Drawing a red card results in two years of military service. When Ek and his long-time boyfriend Jai face the possibility of being drafted, Oat must grow up and learn to take care of himself.
Yet movie import quotas remain firmly in place, and studios are still not allowed to set up their own distribution shingles in the country. China currently allows only one firm, state-owned China Film Group, to operate as a gateway for imports of foreign films that can enjoy full revenue-sharing release.
As always in China, the particulars are complex. Leading the new entity, which will be called China National Culture Group, is Chris Lee, the former Columbia TriStar head and producer of “Superman Returns” and “Valkyrie.” He has been tapped president of China Railsmedia Group, one of the components in a chain of companies
The Hong Kong-based company will imminently change its name to China National Culture Group, a move that reflects both its new role and its close connections with China National Culture & Arts Centre (Cncac), the mainland Chinese state-owned enterprise that expects to receive the second license.
Currently China allows only one firm, another state-owned company, China Film Group, to operate as a gateway for imports of foreign films that can enjoy full revenue-sharing release. The country currently has a quota of 34 films per year which can be distributed this way.
At an event on Thursday in Hong Kong, China Railsmedia/Cncg held a briefing for senior
The Puchon International Film Festival (PiFan)’s industry program, the Network of Fantastic Films (Naff) has announced its selection for this year’s Project Spotlight: the Philippines.
“The Philippines have had a strong presence in genre cinema for some time, but for some reason, it never had outside exposure until maybe very recently. So we thought it would be worthwhile to show not just their films, but also the potential of the projects through this year’s Spotlight so they can hopefully find co-producers and/or funding at Naff,” says Thomas Nam, Naff managing director.
The seven projects in the Spotlight will compete for a total of $50,000 in cash awards and three post-production support awards.
Mondomanila director Khavn De La Cruz [pictured] will be turning his 62nd Berlinale-selected short film, Ruined Heart? Another Love Story About A Criminal And A Whore, into a feature film while director Peter Eduria III, who has worked
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