- The fest aims at bridging the gap between India and Thailand
- The films display the culture and tradition of Thailand
- The audience will be treated with a special Thai dish
New Delhi, 14th June, 2019: A film is a reflection of our society and sometimes it connects the millions of hearts with its relatable storyline despite unknown language and settings. In order to bridge the cultural and social gap between India and Thailand, Namaste Thailand is back with the third edition of their film festival. The filming extravaganza was inaugurated today at the PVR Select Citywalk with the screening of the modern Thai romantic comedy Friend Zone.
The glitzy inaugural ceremony saw the presence of eminent dignitaries including H.E. Mr. UNG Sean, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia, H.E. Mr. Sidharto R. Suryodipuro, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Mr. Ariel Andrade Galindo, and Ambassador of EL Salvador. Following a welcome address from H.E. Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi, Ambassador of Thailand, the curtains were raised on the three-day festival by the screening of “Friend Zone”, a Thai romantic comedy depicting a grey zone where relationships are trapped between being friends and lovers.
“Namaste Thailand Film Festival 2019” is the third edition of the Namaste Thailand Film Festival that has been organized annually since 2017 to bridge the gap between Indian and Thai cultures by bringing a taste of Thai films to the Indian audience. The festival is on 14-16 June 2019 andfeatures a total of six specially curated movies which display the culture and tradition of Thailand in different ways.
“We are happy that people turned up in large numbers for the Inauguration and the screening of Friend Zone. The festival will continue until Sunday with five more films. Films are no doubt a reflection of a society, as films reflect how people think and the way they tell stories. This year we have chosen 6 films, which are 6 different stories told in different ways, but they all reflect Thai culture & society. Whatever your movie preferences are, we have them all here. We hope that you will enjoy the uniqueness and the diversity of the Thai culture and her people, as well as recognize the similarities and linkages between our two cultures.” said H.E. Mr. Chutintorn Gongsakdi, the Ambassador of Thailand to India.
The audience is also treated with a special dish (Thai Green Curry) during the screening. The Chef from Ambassador’s Residence gave special training to the PVR team for the preparation of this dish.
Namaste Thailand Film Festival souvenirs are handed out at the Festival for people who come to see the films and participate in their Facebook activity. All screenings are free of cost and are on the first-come-first-serve basis.
- Friend Zone (119 mins | romance/comedy | 2019)
A romantic comedy depicting a grey zone where relationships are trapped between being friends and lovers.
Friend zone is a special area for those who are stuck in the middle where they cannot really stay friends with their close friend, nor move forward to be their friend’s lover.
Palm is one of those who have been stuck in the friend zone for years. One day, his best friend, Gink, asks him out of the blue, “Have you ever wondered – what if we were together?” Right then, sparks fly wildly inside Palm’s mind, knowing that this might be the only chance for him to cross the borderline.Although, Palm has no way of knowing if leaving the friend zone this time will lead him to the beginning of his romantic love life or to the end of his friendship with Gink for good.
Highest grossing film in Thailand in 2019.
Filmed in Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Hong Kong, with guest cast from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Vietnam, and China.