Movies light up Bangkok's screens
April 25, 2012

Bangkok's film buffs have the chance to catch some great nonmainstream movies this week and next, as the capital welcomes two film festivals, both of them offering free admission.

For the first time, Thai filmgoers will enjoy the New Spanish Film Week running from Thursday, April 26 to May 2 at the Paragon Cineplex.

Organised in collaboration with the Embassy of Spain, the festival brings seven of most exciting recent Spanish films including the Oscarnominated musical animated feature "Chico & Rita" and "Blackthorn Sin Destino" which won four Goya Awards, the equivalent to the Spanish Oscars, earlier this year.

Each of the seven films will be screened at 7pm daily. Tickets can be booked in front of the cinema before the show time on a first come, first served basis.

Movies like "Chico & Rita" or "No Rest for the Wicked" ("No habra paz para los malvados") may be screened here commercially but many others will only be shown at this event.

Just a day later, the SF Cinema at CentralWorld beings the Hong Kong Film Festival to Bangkok for a four day that continues through April 30.

Ten critically acclaimed films including "The Simple Life" starring Andy Lau will be screened.

Showtimes vary but there are seven movies being shown on the weekend, with the first round starting at 11.30pm.

Like the Spanish event, admission is free but those interested should arrive at the theatre lobby at least half an hour before screening to collect tickets.

For details of programme go to SF Cinema City for the Hong Kong event and for the Spanish event.