Pune to organise it’s first ever Thai film festival on Aug 4-5

The Thai Film Festival will be organised at the National Film Archives of India (NFAI) to mark 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Thailand.

pune Updated: Aug 02, 2017 12:10 IST
Anjali Shetty
Anjali Shetty
Hindustan Times, Pune
Thai food,Pune,Uruphong Raksasad
(L to R) Akaraphong Boonwit, Ekapol Poolpipat, Prakash Magdum and Keerti Tiwari during a press conference to announce the Thai film festival at NFAI in Pune.(Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

Ekapol Poolpipat, consul general of Thailand in Mumbai announced the first-ever Thai Film Festival to be held in the city on Tuesday. Organised at National Film Archives of India (NFAI), the film festival will be held between August 4 and 5.

The festival will be screening seven films that range from the contemporary and award winning categories. Ekapol shared, “This month marks 70 years of diplomatic relations between India and Thailand. So, we thought what better way to extend the relation by having a film festival in the city. We generally have them in Delhi and Mumbai. This year, we are excited about bringing it to Pune.”

He added,”Pune has a big Thai community, which is our first target audience. Also, the city has a huge student population and we would like to get them to watch these films and know more about Thai culture. We also aim to establish collaborations with students and institutions from the city.”

The opening ceremony will see a dance performance at 1pm on Friday.

The films selected are primarily young love stories to appeal to the youth in Pune, added Ekapol.

Directors Uruphong Raksasad and Sivaroj Kongsakul will also be present as their films, Songs of Rice and Eternity will be screened, respectively.

The venue will also serve Thai snacks between film breaks. Ekapol said, “I have got a Thai chef along and he shall be dishing out authentic Thai snacks at the venue. We hope Pune enjoys Thai food. I am looking forward to more and more people coming to watch the films as we are keen on a long term association with the city.”

What to watch:

On August 4

Songs of rice: 1:30pm

Eternity: 4:30pm

The Swimmers: 7pm

On August 5

Wandering: 10am

A Gift: 1pm

The Scar: 4pm

Snap: 6pm

First Published: Aug 02, 2017 12:07 IST