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Fah Thai Magazine March/April 2018 - Infight Magazine of Bangkok Airways

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OVERTURES ARTS & CULTURAL MATTERS Reel Independent Words Sarita Urupongsa In the celluloid world, the languages may differ and forms of expressions vary. Yet the magic of cinema binds us all. What’s needed is the hush ambience in a dark screening room and the unfolding of stories in different life journeys. Here, we list independent cinemas in Asia that take on art films and the occasional box-office hits. BANGKOK BANGKOK SCREENING ROOM Among the ordinary-looking shophouses and spacious residential homes in Soi Sala Daeng 1, the cinematic goldmine of the Bangkok Screening Room (BKKSR) tucks itself quietly on the 2nd floor of Woof Pack creative hub. The 52-seating cinema showcases independent movies, classic films and rare Thai masterpieces. The screening programme changes every month, with various themes to suit movie lovers. With a high quality sound and visual system, BKKSR promises the full experience of motion pictures. Adjacent to the theatre is the café, with delicious selections of snacks – bite into some Larb Fries, Spaghetti with Northern Sausage or Sai Ua, a Hendrick’s Tonic, maybe include the popcorn with their unique flavours before entering the cinema. Best of all, drinks from the bar can be taken into the theatre. HONG KONG BROADWAY CINEMATHÈQUE Hong Kong’s only arthouse cinema, Broadway Cinemathèque, runs indie movies and numerous film festivals. It also hosts retrospectives of filmmakers such as Francois Truffaut and Yamada Yoji. The Yau Ma Tei venue in Kowloon has often hosted the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, along with screening the most diverse range of film selections in the city. The cinema’s Kubrick Café is also a great spot to browse through the wide range of books and magazines about films. LUANG PRABANG L’Étranger Books & Tea L’Étranger Books & Tea is a place where you can linger for hours. Its shoes-off policy encourages neighbourly lounging amid wicker sofas and soft pillows. Named after Albert Camus’s novel “L’Étranger” (The Stranger), the bookstore and lounge has a nightly 7pm movie screening. Guests feel at home in the cosy and small house of rosewood in Ban Aphay just opposite the Royal Palace/Main Street in Luang Prabang. This laidback place is founded by a Québécois filmmaker and her partner in 2011 and has risen to become one of the town’s sanctuaries for restful breaks. You can chill at the 2-storey house with its teas served in a proper pot, delicious Western cuisine, and books that you can both buy and swap. Photos Dolnapa Ram-Indra PHNOM PENH TARANTINO MOVIE THEATER & RESTAURANT Formerly part of the Flicks Community Theatre, Tarantino Movie House parted ways and offers a unique venue as it only shows movies that came out before 2000. Similar to its previous affiliation, ticket prices are US$3.50, along with a meal option and popcorn that claim to be “the best in town.” PHNOM PENH THE FLICKS COMMUNITY MOVIE THEATRES Started in 2009 by a New Zealand couple, and subsequently changed hands via a crowdfunding project in 2011, The Flicks have turned into Phnom Penh’s leading art house cinemas. Featuring two locations on Street 95 and Street 136, the Flicks Community Movie Theatres are fully volunteer run, and are the official venues of the Phnom Penh International Film Festival. With only a charge of US$3.50 per day, moviegoers can enjoy the latest blockbusters, classic masterpieces, and documentaries on the HD quality big screen. The profits earned from the tickets help to support social and cultural events in Phnom Penh. A distinguishing feature is a very strict no cellphone policy, and you can get asked to leave if caught. 32 33