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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #158. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s Morrison

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #158. Phuttiphong Aroonpheng’s Morrison

Morrison

2022 came and went and Phuttiphong Aroonpheng‘s sophomore film Morrison was mysteriously been left off the bingo card. The Thai-French production starring Hugo Chulachak Chakrabongse, Chicha Amatayakul and Joe Cummings, this went into production sometime in 2020 with CG Cinéma producing. Aroonpheng had quite the first feature debut in Manta Ray – which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2018 and where it won Best Film in the Orizzonti section.

Gist: Jimmy, a 40-year-old former pop-star turned engineer, is sent to the region of his childhood to supervise the renovation of an old hotel. Once settled, Jimmy finds out the once flamboyant hotel has become a ruin, a maze of narrow corridors and a relic of a bygone era, which still bears the scars of the American occupation. In the heart of this mysterious place, Jimmy will wander between dream and fantasy and retrace his family’s history.

Release Date/Prediction: We see this as a Berlinale competition film or Locarno title.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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