One of the largest film festivals in Southeast Asia is coming back to Bangkok after its years-long hiatus.
Last held in 2017, the World Film Festival of Bangkok’s comeback is sure to delight the city cinephiles with its jampacked lineup of 60 feature films from dozens of countries from all around the world.
Among the highlights is Return to Seoul, a drama directed by Cambodian-French filmmaker Davy Chou that revolves around a 25-year-old French adoptee who impulsively returns to South Korea for the first time to find her biological family.
Another buzzed-about entry on the lineup is the provocative and sexually explicit Brazilian drama Rule 34, which follows a young law student who spends her days defending the rights of women in domestic abuse cases by day and her nights performing in front of a live sex cam.
No Bears is another film not to miss. This entry from Iran explores ideas of freedom and perils through two love stories. The drama was directed by now-jailed filmmaker Jafar Panahi. It won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in September and received generally positive reviews from critics.
Another compelling movie is the Pope Francis documentary In Viaggio, which is comprised of archival footage taken over nine years, starting in 2013 when Francis became the head of the Catholic Church.
The World Film Festival of Bangkok will run from Dec. 2 through Dec. 11 at the SF World Cinema on the eighth floor of CentralWorld shopping mall.
World Film Festival of Bangkok 2022
Dec. 2 – Dec. 11
SF World Cinema, 8th floor Central World
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