Kicking off next week, several venues in Bangkok will transform into temporary cinemas where movies are screened outdoor, tickled by Bangkok’s winter breeze — well, hopefully.
After debuting last year, a second edition of the Open-air European Film Festival will return to the capital with 17 movies showing at eight venues around town including ambassadorial residences and CU Centenary Park, a major urban eco park inside Chulalongkorn University.
Among the highlights is a Danish film by Oscar and Palme d’Or-winning director Billie August, period romantic drama A Fortunate Man chronicles the life of an ambitious young man in the early 19th century who escapes religion to study engineering in Copenhagen. The film is based on the novel Lykke-Per by Nobel Laureate Henrik Pontoppidan, which is considered a Danish literary masterpiece.
More films to follow are French thriller Bloody Milk (Petit Paysan), an agriculturally rooted tale about a dairy farmer obsessed with saving his cows from a deadly viral epidemic.
Liked Rain Man? Maybe you’ll dig Irish dramedy The Drummer and the Keeper, which shines the light on a friendship between a bipolar rock drummer and a teen with Asperger’s syndrome.
Fans of late East German singer-songwriter Gerhard Gundermann shouldn’t miss Gundermann, a biopic circling around the man’s struggles with music and the former Soviet satellite state’s secret Stasi police.
Admission is free, but online reservations are required. All guests are asked to show ID, including passports, to enter the event.
The festival runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 15. The film schedule and venues are available online.
Open-Air European Film Festival 2019
Nov. 29 – Dec. 15