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Cannes 2011?: Pen-ek Ratanaruang Currently Filming ‘Headshot’

Thai film was celebrated in Cannes last year with when Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul won the Palme D’or with Uncle Boonmee, and next May Cannes should be seeing the other prolific Thai director in Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Currently filming Headshot, French distributor Wild Side Films has picked up the film, which further indicates that a Cannes premiere is very likely. Nopachai Jayanama, who starred in Ratanaruang’s Nymph, will be cast alongside an actress going by the name of Cris Horwang.

Thai film was celebrated in Cannes last year with when Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul won the Palme D’or with Uncle Boonmee, and next May Cannes should be seeing the other prolific Thai director in Pen-ek Ratanaruang. Currently filming Headshot, French distributor Wild Side Films has picked up the film, which further indicates that a Cannes premiere is very likely. Nopachai Jayanama, who starred in Ratanaruang’s Nymph, will be cast alongside an actress going by the name of Cris Horwang. Pawas Sawatchaiyamet and Raymond Phathanavirangoon are producing.

Gist: Adapted from the novel Fon Tok Kuen Fa (Rain Falling Up The Sky) by award-winning writer Win Leowarin, this tells the story of a hitman (Nopachai Jayanama) who wakes up after a two-month coma to find that he literally sees everything upside down. He tries to quit his job, but the past starts to catch up with him.

Worth Noting: Ratanaruang is what we call a Cannes regular. He has been there with Monrak Transistor, Ploy and more recently, Nymph. If this film turns into something rather special, we can expect perhaps a Main Competition birth instead of Un Certain Regard status.

Do We Care?: We damn well love the concept of shooting from the perspective of the film’s lead and we’re curious to know if Chankit Chamnivikaipong is the dp on this project as well – we’ve come to love his work as well.

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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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