Cinema Diverse: Director's Choice - Synecdoche, New York (USA, 2008)
Kongdej Jaturanrasmee is one of Thailand’s most famous directors/screenwriters. Kongdej graduated from the film department at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang. He began his career in the late 1990s directing music videos. Kongdej made his directorial debut with Sayew (2003), which he co-wrote and co-directed with Kiat Songsanant. It won an honorable mention Asian Trade Winds Award at the 2003 Seattle International Film Festival.
He then went on to write the screenplay for the romantic drama, The Letter, a 2004 Thai remake of a 1997 Korean film. The film was a hit, and with the screenplay, Kongdej became a sought-after scriptwriter. He wrote screenplays for different movie genres ranging from comedies like Noo Hin: The Movie to dramas like Me...Myself and Happy Birthday to 2005 Tony Jaa martial arts film, Tom-Yum-Goong.
His first solo directorial effort, Midnight My Love (2005), was nominated for several Thailand National Film Association Awards, including best director and best screenplay. It won best director and best script awards from the Bangkok Critics Assembly. It was selected to take part in the Produire au Sud Seminar at the Tri Continents Film Festival and later won awards such as the Lotus Award for Best Screenplay at the Deauville Asian Film Festival (2006), and the NETPAC Award for Best Film at the Osian’s Cinefan in India. His third feature, Handle Me With Care (2008) was selected for Filmfest München.
His latest works see him moving toward the indie filmmaking with much-acclaimed psychological drama P-047 (2011) and Tang Wong (2013) a cynical but thought-provoking coming-of-ager that turns the motivational youth-film genre on its head.
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
Event Date: 09 November 2013
Location: Auditorium, 5th floor
Cinema Diverse: Director's Choice : a US film, Synecdoche, New York (2008) selected by Mr. Kongdej Jaturanrasmee, a renowned Thai screenwriter and director of Tang Wong, P-047, Handle Me with Care and Midnight My Love.
Synecdoche, New York is the directorial debut of iconoclastic, cerebral, Oscar-winning screenwriter Charlie Kaufman whose credits include Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (which earns him an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay) starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton and Michelle Williams.
Charles Stuart "Charlie" Kaufman (born 19 November 1958) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and lyricist. His writing works includes critically acclaimed films Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. He made his directing debut in 2008 with Synecdoche, New York, which was met with positive reception as well; film critic Roger Ebert called it "the best movie of the decade" in 2009. Kaufman is often praised for being highly original and imaginative: Being John Malkovich stars John Malkovich as a fictional version of himself, Human Nature is mostly told by flashbacks, Adaptation tells the story of Kaufman himself, trying to write the film itself and to understand the book from which it is adapted with the help of his twin brother Donald Kaufman (who was credited as a cowriter despite being a fictional character),Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind mainly takes place in the mind of the main character while his memory is erased and Synecdoche, New York is a post-modern film with many complex non-realistic elements.
He has been nominated for three Academy Awards: twice for Best Original Screenplay for Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, winning the award for the latter, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Adaptation. He also won two BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplays, one BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a Saturn Award for Best Writing.
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