Cinema Journey 20 ปี ภาพยนตร์เป็นเอก (‘twenty years in the movies”), celebrating Pen-ek Ratanaruang's twenty-year career as a director, will take place later this month at three venues in Bangkok. The season begins at Warehouse 30 with Doc Theater Club's B-Side of Pen-ek, a weekend of music videos, commercials, short films, and the political documentary Paradoxocracy (ประชาธิป'ไทย) introduced by Pen-ek.
Pen-ek discussed the censorship of Paradoxocracy with me in 2014: "half of the footage that we have, you can't show to people. You'll just have to bury it in the ground somewhere." It will be screened on 13th January, and B-Side of Pen-ek continues on 14th January at the same venue. There will be outdor screenings at the Jam Factory on 21st and 22nd January, and House Rama will host a complete retrospective on 27th and 28th January. (Alliance Française is hosting its own Pen-ek retrospective this month, too.)
6ixtynin9 (เรื่องตลก 69) and Ploy (พลอย) will be shown at the Jam Factory on 20th January. Monrak Transistor
(มนต์รักทรานซิสเตอร์) will be screened there on 21st January. (This is a slight change to the original schedule.) Both screenings are free, though the films will be shown on DVD. Merchandise for Pen-ek's forthcoming film Samui Song (สมุยซอง), signed by the director, will be on sale.
House RCA will be screening Invisible Waves
(คำพิพากษาของมหาสมุทร), Nymph (นางไม้), and Fun Bar Karaoke (ฝันบ้าคาราโอเกะ) on 27th January; and Ploy, 6ixtynin9, and Headshot (ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า) on 28th January. Monrak Transistor and Last Life in the Universe (เรื่องรัก น้อยนิด มหาศาล) will be shown on both days. Monrak Transistor, Nymph, Funbar Karaoke, 6ixtynin9, and Headshot will be screened in 35mm.