Movie buffs should plan to head down to the Chao Phraya in March for the free screenings of four fantastic foreign language films making up River City Bangkok Film Club’s annual international film festival. Here's the gist on what to expect:
Vinci (2004, Poland)
First up on March 10 is 2004 Polish film Vinci, directed by Juliusz Machulski. Described as a comedy, thriller and drama all rolled into one, it follows the occasionally hilarious attempts of art thief Cuma to steal a priceless painting by Leonardo de Vinci from a museum in Krakow. Poland’s ambassador to Thailand, HE Waldemar Dubaniowski, will introduce the film and drinks and snacks courtesy of the Polish Embassy will be served after the screening.
My Life As A Zucchini (2016, Switzerland)
The following weekend on March 17, animated Swiss film My Life As A Zucchini, directed by Claude Barras, will be shown. Nominated for an Academy Award last year in the Best Animated Feature Film category, this moving tale about abandoned children and their longing for love will be introduced by Switzerland’s ambassador, HE Ivo Sieber, and refreshments courtesy of the Swiss Embassy will follow at the end of the film.
Include Women Out (2014, Greece)
Then it will be the turn of Greek ambassador HE Pericles Boutos to introduce Vangelis Seitanidis' 2014 comedy Include Women Out, a road movie about two midde-aged friends—a happy-go-lucky civil servant and a depressed businessman—who venture in search of a school beauty they both chased in their youth. Once again, the Embassy of Greece will provide refreshments after the screening.
Like Water for Chocolate (1992, Mexico)
Rounding off the festival on March 31 is the multi-award-winning Mexican film Like Water for Chocolate by Alfonso Arau, which will be shown following an introduction by Mexican ambassador HE Jamie Nualart. Based on the novel of the same name by Laura Esquivel, the 1992 film—which focuses on the forbidden love between lead characters Tita and Pedro and the influences of food and Tita’s interfering mother on their relationship—was described by The Washington Post as, “Hauntingly and exquisitely prepared…a Mexican adult fairy tale garnished with mystery and wonder…a feast for the soul.” Stick around after the screening for a chocolate surprise offered by the Mexican Embassy.
Each of the screenings will take place at 4pm at River City Bangkok’s Room 201 on respective dates. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information and reservations.