October 6, 2008
Columbian terrorist drama PVC-1 by Spiros Stathoulopoulos won the Golden Kinnaree for best film at the Bangkok International Film Festival at a ceremony presided over by Princess Ubolratana. Iranian film Those Three by Naghi Nemati was awarded the runner-up prize, while Chilean film Alice in the Land by Esteban Larrain and Jay by Francis Xavier Pasion of the Philippines took special jury prize. In the Southeast Asian competition, a new section created to boost Bangkok’s role as a champion of regional cinema, the jury gave the Golden Kinnaree to Serbis by Filipino Brillante Mendoza. The second prize went to Days of Turquoise Sky by Malaysian Woo Ming-jin, and a special mention to Years When I Was a Child Outside by John Torres of the Philippines. The BKKIFF, which saw an impressive turnout this year, ran from 23 – 30 September. The festival opened with big budget Thai film Queen of Lankasuka, helmed by Nonzee Nimibutr and closed with the world premiere of Nanayo by Japan’s celebrated auteur director Naomi Kawase.