Bangkok Screening Room's outstanding programme of classics and Thai indie films continues in April and May, with Battleship Potemkin (Бронено́сец «Потёмкин»); Grand Hotel; His Girl Friday; Paris, Texas; and Insects in the Backyard (อินเซค อินเดอะ แบ็คยาร์ด). Bangkok's repertory cinema scene is going from strength to strength, with Bangkok Screening Room, Cinema Winehouse, Jam Ciné Club, and the Friese-Greene Club joined by the new Cinema Oasis.
Sergei Eisenstein's silent masterpiece Battleship Potemkin will be shown with a soundtrack composed by the Pet Shop Boys on 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 29th April; and 1st, 3rd, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 15th May. (It has previously been screened with a Thai score, at the Thai Film Archive.)
The previously banned Insects in the Backyard will be screened on 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 27th, 28th, and 29th April; and 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 6th May. Director Tanwarin Sukkhapisit will take part in a Q&A on 28th April. When I interviewed her about the ban last year, she said that the censors "regarded this film as immoral, and hazardous to national security." (It has also been shown at the World Film Festival of Bangkok, House Rama, the Eat Play Love Film Festival, Indie in Salaya, and Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University.)
Grand Hotel, in which the iconic Greta Garbo delivers her immortal line "I want to be alone", is showing on 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 22nd, 23rd, 26th, and 27th May. Howard Hawks' His Girl Friday, the definitive 'screwball' comedy, will be screened on 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 26th, 28th, 29th April; and 2nd and 3rd May. Paris, Texas, by Wim Wenders (previously shown at the Thai Film Archive), is on 17th, 19th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th April; and 2nd, 4th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 16th, and 17th May.