Park Chan-wook is a South Korean film director, screenwriter and former film critic. One of the most acclaimed and popular filmmakers in his native country, Park is best known for his films Joint Security Area, The Handmaiden and what has become known as The Vengeance Trilogy, consisting of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance, he is known for his English-language works Stoker and The Little Drummer Girl, a television miniseries based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré. His films have gained notoriety for their immaculate framing, black humor and brutal subject matters. Park was born and raised in Seoul, studied philosophy at Sogang University, where he started a cinema-club called the "Sogang Film Community" and published a number of articles on contemporary cinema. Intending to be an art critic, upon seeing Vertigo he resolved to try to become a filmmaker. After graduation, he wrote articles on film for journals, soon became an assistant director of films like Kkamdong, directed by Yu Yeong-jin, Watercolor painting in a Rainy Day, directed by Kwak Jae-yong.
His debut feature film was The Moon Is... the Sun's Dream, after five years, he made his second film Trio. Park's early films were not successful at the box office, he pursued a career as a film critic to make a living. In 2000, Park directed Joint Security Area, a great success both commercially and critically surpassing Kang Je-gyu's Shiri as the most-watched film made in South Korea; this success made it possible for him to make his next film more independently - Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is the result of this creative freedom. After winning the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for the film Oldboy, a journalist asked, "in your film, why is the vengeance repeating?". According to Park, he decided to make three consecutive films with revenge as the central theme. Park said his films are about the utter futility of vengeance and how it wreaks havoc on the lives of everyone involved. Starting from 2004, Park has been an owner of the filmmaking company, Moho Film, which participated in the production of Snowpiercer and The Handmaiden.
In a May 2004 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Park listed Sophocles, Kafka, Dostoevsky and Kurt Vonnegut as being influences on his career. His unofficially titled Vengeance Trilogy consists of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance, it was not intended to be a trilogy. Lady Vengeance was distributed by Tartan Films for American theatrical release in April 2006. Park is regarded as one of the most popular film directors in Korea, with three of his last five feature films all drawing audiences of over 3 million; this makes Park the director of three films in the thirty all-time highest-grossing films in South Korea.. American director Quentin Tarantino is an avowed fan of Park; as the head judge at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, he pushed for Park's Oldboy to be awarded the Palme d'Or. Oldboy garnered the Grand Prix, the second-highest honor in the competition. Tarantino regards Park's Joint Security Area to be one of "the top twenty films made since 1992." In 2006, he was the member of official section jury at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival.
In February 2007, Park won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival. The award, named after the festival's founder and in praise of movies opening up new perspectives, went to Park for his film, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK. In 2009, Park directed his first vampire film, Thirst starring Song Kang-ho which won Prix du Jury along with Fish Tank, directed by Andrea Arnold at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, he considered directing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy but turned it down. In 2011, Park said his new fantasy-horror film Paranmanjang was shot on the iPhone; the film was co-directed with Park's younger brother, Park Chan-kyong who never had any experience on film directing. It was nominated for Berlinale Shorts during the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, which won Golden Bear for Best Short Film. In 2013, Park directed Stoker, he said he completed filming in 480 hours. Although Park does speak English, he used an interpreter on set. On why the script attracted his attention, Park said: "It wasn't a script that tried to explain everything and left many things as questions, so it leads the audience to find answers for themselves and that's what I liked about the script...
I like telling big stories through small, artificially created worlds." On March 2, 2013, Park appeared on a panel discussion about the movie Stoker, held at the Freer Gallery of Art in the Smithsonian's Museums of Asian Art. In 2014, Park directed a short film commissioned by luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna, co-written by himself, Ayako Fujitani, Chung Chung-hoon and Michael Werwie, scored by Clint Mansell, starring Jack Huston and Daniel Wu, which screened at the Rome International Film Festival and the Busan International Film Festival. In September 2014, it was announced that Park would adapt Fingersmith, a historical crime novel by Sarah Waters; the film entered production in mid-2015 and ended on October 31, 2015. That film ended up becoming The Handmaiden and premiered in competition to rave reviews at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where Artistic Director Seong-hie Ryu won the Vulcain Prize for the Technical Arts and where it got no
Mike Leigh is an English writer and director of film and theatre. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art before honing his directing skills at East 15 Acting School and further at the Camberwell School of Art, the Central School of Art and Design and London Film School, he began as playwright in the mid-1960s. In the 1970s and'80s his career moved between theatre work and making films for BBC Television, many of which were characterised by a gritty "kitchen sink realism" style, his well-known films include the comedy-dramas Life is Sweet and Career Girls, the Gilbert and Sullivan biographical film Topsy-Turvy, the bleak working-class drama All or Nothing. His most notable works are the black comedy-drama Naked, for which he won the Best Director Award at Cannes, the Oscar-nominated, BAFTA and Palme d'Or-winning drama Secrets & Lies, the Golden Lion winning working-class drama Vera Drake, the Palme d'Or nominated biopic Mr. Turner; some of his notable stage plays include Smelling A Rat, It's A Great Big Shame, Greek Tragedy, Goose-Pimples and Abigail's Party.
Leigh is known for his lengthy rehearsal and improvisation techniques with actors to build characters and narrative for his films. His purpose is to capture reality and present "emotional, intuitive, vulnerable films." His aesthetic has been compared to the sensibility of the Japanese director Yasujirō Ozu. His films and stage plays, according to critic Michael Coveney, "comprise a distinctive, homogenous body of work which stands comparison with anyone's in the British theatre and cinema over the same period." Coveney further noted Leigh's role in helping to create stars – Liz Smith in Hard Labour, Alison Steadman in Abigail's Party, Brenda Blethyn in Grown-Ups, Antony Sher in Goose-Pimples, Gary Oldman and Tim Roth in Meantime, Jane Horrocks in Life is Sweet, David Thewlis in Naked—and remarked that the list of actors who have worked with him over the years—including Paul Jesson, Phil Daniels, Lindsay Duncan, Lesley Sharp, Kathy Burke, Stephen Rea, Julie Walters – "comprises an impressive representative, nucleus of outstanding British acting talent."
Ian Buruma, writing in The New York Review of Books in January 1994, noted: "It is hard to get on a London bus or listen to the people at the next table in a cafeteria without thinking of Mike Leigh. Like other wholly original artists, he has staked out his own territory. Leigh's London is as distinctive as Fellini's Rome or Ozu's Tokyo." Leigh was born to Alfred Abraham Leigh, a doctor. Leigh was born at Brocket Hall, which the government had seized from its Nazi-sympathising owner, Lord Brocket, turned into a maternity home, his mother, in her confinement, went to stay with her parents in Hertfordshire for comfort and support while her husband was serving as a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Leigh was brought up in Salford, he is from a Jewish immigrant family whose surname Lieberman, had been anglicised in 1939 "for obvious reasons". When the war ended Leigh's father began his career as a general practitioner in Higher Broughton, "the epicentre of Leigh's youngest years and the area memorialised in Hard Labour."
Leigh went to Salford Grammar School, as did the director Les Blair, his friend, who produced Leigh's first feature film Bleak Moments in 1971. There was a strong tradition of drama in the all-boys school, an English master, called Mr Nutter, supplied the library with newly published plays. Outside of school, Leigh thrived in the Manchester branch of Habonim, he attended summer camps and winter activities over the Christmas break all round the country in the late 1950s. Throughout this time, the most important part of his artistic consumption was the cinema, his father, was opposed to the idea that Leigh might become an artist or an actor. He forbade him his frequent habit of sketching visitors to the house and regarded him as a problem child because of his creative interests. In 1960,'to his utter astonishment', he won a scholarship to RADA. Trained as an actor at RADA, Leigh went on to start honing his directing skills at East 15 Acting School where he met the actress Alison Steadman. Leigh responded negatively to RADA's agenda, found himself being taught how to'laugh and snog' for weekly rep purposes and so became a sullen student.
He attended Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, the Central Saint Martin's College of Art and Design, the London School of Film Technique in Charlotte Street. When he had arrived in London, one of the first films he had seen was Shadows, an'improvised' film by John Cassavetes, in which a cast of unknowns was observed'living and bickering' on the streets of New York, Leigh had "felt it might be possible to create complete plays from scratch with a group of actors." Other influences from this time included Harold Pinter's The Caretaker—"Leigh was mesmerised by the play and the production"— Samuel Beckett, whose novels he read avidly, the writing of Flann O'Brien, whose'tragi-comedy' Leigh found appealing. Influential and important productions he saw in this period included Beckett's Endgame, Peter Brook's King Lear and in 1965 Peter Weiss's Marat/Sade, a production developed through improvisations, the actors having based their characterisations on people they had visited in a mental hospital.
The visual worlds of Ronald Searle, George Grosz and William Hogarth exerted another kind of influence. He played small roles in several British
Thomas George Hooper is an English film and television director of English and Australian background. Hooper began making short films as a teenager, had his first professional short, Painted Faces, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992. At Oxford University Hooper directed plays and television commercials. After graduating, he directed episodes of Quayside, Byker Grove, EastEnders and Cold Feet on British television. In the 2000s, Hooper directed the major BBC costume dramas Love in a Cold Climate and Daniel Deronda, was selected to helm the 2003 revival of ITV's Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren. Hooper made his feature film debut with Red Dust, a British drama starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, before directing Helen Mirren again in the Company Pictures/HBO Films historical drama Elizabeth I, he continued working for HBO on the television film Longford and in John Adams, a seven-part serial on the life of the American president. Hooper returned to features with The Damned United, a fact-based film about the English football manager Brian Clough.
The following year saw the release of the historical drama The King's Speech, starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, met with critical acclaim. Hooper's next film was Les Misérables, his 2015 film, The Danish Girl, was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film. Hooper's work was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Prime Suspect and John Adams, won one for Elizabeth I, was nominated for the British Academy TV Craft Award for Best Director for Longford; the King's Speech won multiple awards, including Best Director wins for Hooper from the Directors Guild of America and the Academy Awards, a Best Director nomination from BAFTA. Tom Hooper was born in 1972 in London, the son of Meredith Jean and Richard Hooper. Meredith is an Australian author and academic and Richard is an English media businessman. Hooper was educated at Westminster School, his initial interest in drama was triggered by his English and drama teacher at Highgate, former Royal Shakespeare Company actor Roger Mortimer, who produced an annual school play.
At the age of 12, Hooper read a book entitled How to Make Film and Television and decided he wanted to become a director. For the next year Hooper researched filmmaking from publications such as On Camera by Harris Watts. Aged 13, he made his first film, entitled Runaway Dog, using a clockwork 16mm Bolex camera his uncle had given to him. Hooper said: "The clockwork would run out after thirty seconds, so the maximum shot length was thirty seconds. I could only afford a hundred feet of Kodachrome reversal film, which cost about twenty-five, you had to send off for two weeks to be processed. I could only make silent movies, because sound was too expensive and complicated." He slowed down the frame rate of the camera. Hooper classified the short, about a dog which kept running away from its owner, as a comedy, filmed it on location in Oxfordshire; when Hooper was 14, his film Bomber Jacket came runner-up in a BBC younger filmmakers' competition. The short starred Hooper's brother as a boy who discovers a bomber jacket and a photograph hidden in a cupboard and learns his grandfather died in World War II.
Another of Hooper's short films, entitled Countryside, depicts a nuclear holocaust. Hooper finished school aged 16 wrote the script for his first professional short film, entitled Painted Faces, he spent the next two years raising capital for the short by courting advertisement directors, whose financial dominance during the late 1980s was noticed by Hooper. Director Paul Weiland invested in the short. After two years of financing and production, Painted Faces was completed. Hooper wrote, produced and edited it, it was sold to Channel 4 and broadcast on the channel's First Frame strand in 1992, had a screening at the 35th London Film Festival and had a limited theatrical release. After taking a gap year to finance Painted Faces, Hooper read English at Oxford, he joined the Oxford University Dramatic Society, where he directed Kate Beckinsale in A View From the Bridge and Emily Mortimer in The Trial. Hooper had his first paid directing work, earning £200 for a corporate Christmas video, he directed his first television advertisements, including one for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 featuring Right Said Fred.
He continues to direct advertisements alongside film projects. In 1996 he joined the commercial production company John S. Clarke Productions and in 2001 he signed with Infinity Productions. After graduating from Oxford, Hooper directed further television commercials, intending to break into the film industry the same way Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and Hugh Hudson did, he was introduced by his father to the television producer Matthew Robinson, who mentored Hooper and gave him his first television directing work. For Robinson, Hooper directed episodes of the short-lived Tyne Tees Television soap opera Quayside in 1997, four episodes of the Children's BBC television series Byker Grove in the same year, his first episodes of the BBC One soap opera EastEnders in 1998. Hooper directed several EastEnders episodes between 1998 and 2000, two of which were hour-long specials that represented the soap when it won the British Academy Television Award for Best Soap Opera in 2000 and 2001; the Jackson episode marked the beginning of a
Don't Move is a 2004 Italian film directed by Sergio Castellitto. It stars Claudia Gerini, Elena Perino and the director himself. Both Castellitto and Cruz received critical praise for their performances, as well as several awards, including the prestigious David di Donatello, it was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Timoteo, a surgeon, gets the shocking news that his fifteen-year-old daughter Angela has been injured in a motorcycle accident; as she is operated upon, Timoteo looks out of a window to see a woman, her back facing him, proceeding to sit down on a chair in the rain outside. He notices her prominent red heels and turns away in disbelief, indicating he was familiar with them, his subsequent reminiscences about an old affair comprise the remainder of the film. A subsequent scene shows Timoteo sitting in a bar in an unfamiliar location on a hot day. Italia, a woman of Albanian origin working at the bar and wearing red heels, offers to let him make a important call from her home.
The inebriated Timoteo, having entered her flat, rapes Italia and subsequently he pretends fall in love with her. He learns from her, among other things, she was sexually abused in her childhood by a dress salesman, he decides to leave his wife Elsa and conveys this to Italia but,just as he is about to come clean, he discovers that Elsa is pregnant. Meanwhile, Italia becomes pregnant with his child. Timoteo, now in a real dilemma, cannot gather the courage to confront Elsa in her condition. Italia, unaware of this, interprets Timoteo's hesitation as a lack of commitment on his part and is heartbroken by this perceived betrayal. Timoteo encounters a unstable Italia dancing frenziedly outside her house. On his chiding her, Italia tells him agitatedly that she has had their child aborted at a nearby gypsy's,adding bitterly it was for the best as she wouldn't have made a good mother anyway. Disturbed by this development,Timoteo leaves and goes home to his pregnant wife; some months Timoteo, shopping with his wife, about to deliver, spots Italia in a crowd and rushes after her in the rain.
After catching up with her, he profusely apologises to Italia, asking her forgiveness for all the pain he caused. After reacting violently Italia tells him that she knew now why he could not leave his wife and that she understood, he learns from her that she would be moving to another town shortly. Next morning, Timoteo offers to drive Italia down to her new town. During the journey, his feelings for Italia grow stronger and he confesses his desire to marry and settle down with her in the new town. While having dinner, Timoteo marries himself off to Italia and refers to her as "my wife" while speaking to a waitress; that night, he is woken by Italia's screams. She is rushed to the local hospital, where an ultrasound reveals her belly to be full of blood, indicating a botched abortion. A desperate Timoteo proceeds to operate on Italia, she dies soon after regaining consciousness. His recollections are interrupted by a nurse who informs him that his daughter's condition has stabilised, he visits her with his wife.
In the final act, a relieved Timoteo takes out Italia's red shoe, which she had lost on the way to the hospital the day she died, that the funeral company had refused to put in the closed coffin, which he had preserved, kisses it as a gesture of thanks. Penélope Cruz as Italia Sergio Castellitto as Timoteo Claudia Gerini as Elsa Marco Giallini as Manlio Angela Finocchiaro as Ada Pietro De Silva as Alfredo Elena Perino as Angela Vittoria Piancastelli as Raffaella Renato Marchetti as Pino Penélope Cruz, who learned Italian for the role, earned critical acclaim for her performance and won the David di Donatello, she was awarded the European Film Award for the Best Actress for the film in 2004. Non Ti Muovere on IMDb Don't Move at Rotten Tomatoes
Alejandro Fernando Amenábar Cantos known as Alejandro Amenábar, is a Spanish and Chilean film director and composer. Among other honors, he has won two European Film Awards, he has written or co-written the screenplays to all six of his movies and composed all of the soundtracks. Amenábar is the son of Hugo Ricardo Amenabar and a Spanish woman, Josefina Cantos, he has a dual Chilean-Spanish citizenship. His father worked as a technician at General Electric, while his mother decided to stay at home and take care of the children. Alejandro is the younger of two brothers. Josefina's older sister had moved to the capital of Chile and she invited Josefina to join her there. In Santiago, Josefina met Hugo. Alejandro was born on March 31, 1972. In August 1973, his family moved to Spain; the family settled in Madrid. When Alejandro was six years old, they moved to a complex on the outskirts of the town of Paracuellos de Jarama. Alejandro and his brother did not watch much television. From the age of 15, Alejandro would dedicate his time to going to the cinema to watch movies.
Other than theater, his passions were writing stories and reading books. According to Alejandro's mother, Alejandro had the capacity to absorb everything; as a child, he composed melodies with the keyboard and guitar with the same ease as when he wrote his stories. Alejandro started his studies at the Padres Escolapios de Getafe school. In his second year of high school, he transferred to the Alameda de Osuna institute, in the north-east of Madrid; the school was not close to. Before he became a director, Alejandro worked as a stock boy in a warehouse and as a gardener, until he had enough money to buy his own home camera, he did not want to start his university studies in cinema before having touched a camera. Amenábar entered the Information Sciences Faculty at Madrid's Complutense University, where after numerous scholastic failures he decided to give up studying cinema and he began directing; the advantage from having attended university was that he met people who in life would become important throughout his career.
At university, he met Mateo Gil, a friend and companion, the pair made a pact to always support each other's projects. Between 1991 and 1994, Amenábar made three short films which in a significant way influenced his first full-length films: La Cabeza, Himenóptero, Luna. Knowing José Luis Cuerda helped Alejandro in his career. A friend of José Luis Cuerda gave him the script of Himenóptero. Thereafter, Cuerda was interested in Amenábar's work; this led to him becoming the producer of Thesis, one of Amenábar's most recognized films, putting his name on the map. Thesis was a thriller set in the School of Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. Through this film, he gained the attention of critics in the Berlin Film Festival and won seven Goyas, including Best Picture and Best New Director. In 1997 he made Abre Los Ojos, a science fiction movie that had notable success at international festivals such as Berlin and Tokyo. Impressed by the movie, Tom Cruise bought the rights to adapt and produce the film, starring in a remake, Vanilla Sky.
His third large film was a ghost story starring Nicole Kidman. It was successful at an international level in Spain, where it was the most viewed film that year; the Others was very popular in the United States, where it was at the top of the box office for several weeks. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2001, won eight Goyas, including the Best Picture and Best Director, was nominated for best European Film Movie. In 2004 Amenábar released The Sea Inside, a real life-story about a quadriplegic Ramón Sampedro, which addressed issues such as euthanasia, abortion, or “the right to a dignified life.” The movie won 14 Goyas, including best movie and best director, an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004. In 2008 Amenábar released his next film, called Mists of Time; the film starred big-name actors including Max Minghella. Agora premiered on October 9, 2009, with a budget of 50 million euros, it is the most expensive Spanish film in history. After a hiatus of seven years, Amenábar came back in 2015 with a new movie titled Regression, a thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson.
The film had its world premiere at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in September 2015. Initial reviews were lukewarm. Amenábar is the composer of the soundtrack of his films, as well as others, such as Butterfly's Tongue directed by José Luis Cuerda and Nobody Knows Anybody directed by Mateo Gil. In 2004, Amenábar came out as gay. On 18 July 2015, he married David Blanco. Amenábar was raised Catholic, but became Agnostic and is now Atheist. Himenóptero Luna Thesis Open Your Eyes The Others The Sea Inside Agora Regression Al Lado del Atlas Allanamiento de Morada La lengua de las mariposas Nobody Knows Anybody El Soñador Un viaje mar adentro Alejandro Amenába
Olivier Assayas is a French film director and film critic. Assayas was born in Paris, the son of French director/screenwriter Raymond Assayas, alias Jacques Rémy, his father was of Jewish origin who had settled in Italy, whereas his mother was of Protestant Hungarian origin. Assayas started his career in the industry by helping his father, he ghostwrote. In a 2010 interview, Assayas stated that his main political influences when growing up were Guy Debord and George Orwell. Speaking of the 1968 May uprising to overthrow General de Gaulle, Assayas in the same interview stated: "I was defined by the politics of May'68, but for me May'68 was an anti-totalitarian uprising. People seemed to forget that at the occupied Odéon theater, you had crossed flags-black and red, I was on the side of the black element."He made his debut in 1986, after directing some short films and writing for the influential film magazine Cahiers du cinéma. Assayas's film Cold Water was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.
His biggest hit to date has been Irma Vep, starring Hong Kong star Maggie Cheung, which manages to be a tribute both to French director Louis Feuillade and to Hong Kong cinema. While working at Cahiers du cinéma, Assayas wrote lovingly about European film directors he admires but about Asian directors. One of his films, HHH: A Portrait of Hou Hsiao-hsien, is a documentary about Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien, he married Hong Kong movie actress Maggie Cheung in 1998. They divorced in 2001, but their relationship remained amicable, in 2004 Cheung made her award-winning film Clean with him, he met actress-director Mia Hansen-Løve when Hansen-Løve, seventeen at the time, starred in Assayas's 1998 feature Late August, Early September, but " didn't get together until was 20". They separated in 2017, he directed and co-wrote the acclaimed 2010 French television miniseries Carlos, about the life of the terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez. Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez won the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2011 for his performance as Carlos.
In April 2011, it was announced that he would be a member of the jury for the main competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His 2012 film, Something in the Air, was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival. Assayas won the Osella for Best Screenplay at Venice, his 2014 film Clouds of Sils Maria was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Sils Maria won the Louis Delluc Prize and garnered six César Award nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay; the film won a César Award for Best Supporting Actress for American actress Kristen Stewart. In 2016, Assayas won Best Director Award for Personal Shopper, which starred Kristen Stewart. On June 29, 2017, it was announced that Assayas would preside over the 2017 70th anniversary Locarno Film Festival. In an interview with Nick Pinkerton of Reverse Shot, Assayas talked about his influences:That radicality in cinema involved just being outside of the world of modern images, the key to it was the work of Robert Bresson, by far the most important influence in my work, intellectually it's been the influence of Guy Debord—basically, you know, it's been Debord-Bresson, Bresson-Debord, the things that've always defined my framework, the way I look at the world.
Olivier Assayas, A Post-May Adolescence. Letter to Alice Debord, FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen Vol. 17, Vienna: SYNEMA - Gesellschaft für Film und Medien, 2012, ISBN 978-3-901644-44-3 Kent Jones, Olivier Assayas, FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen Vol. 16, Vienna: SYNEMA - Gesellschaft für Film und Medien, 2012, ISBN 978-3-901644-43-6 Olivier Assayas on IMDb Olivier Assayas at AllMovie Olivier Assayas at AlloCiné New York Times article on Assayas Bringing Down the House: A Conversation with Olivier Assayas, The Notebook, mubi.com
Bangjong Pisanthanakun is a Thai filmmaker and screenwriter. He saw early success with his first two films and Alone, both horror films that he co-directed and co-wrote with Parkpoom Wongpoom. Since he has directed films in a variety of genres, including the 2010 romantic comedy Hello Stranger, the 2013 comedy horror romance film Pee Mak which became Thailand's highest grossing film of all time,the 2015 romantic melodrama film Heart Attack and the 2016 movie One Day. Bangjong Pisanthankun graduated in 1999 from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, where he majored in film, he directed a short film, Plae Kao, a finalist for best picture and best screenplay in the Click Radio comedy short film competition in 2000. He wrote and directed Colorblind, a short film, screened at many film festivals, including the Thai Short Film and Video Festival, the Asian Film Symposium, Asiexpo in Lyon, Toronto Reel Asian, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.
He has worked as a film critic for Starpics, a popular Thai film entertainment magazine, as well as an assistant director for television commercials. Bangjong's first feature film, was co-directed and co-written with Parkpoom Wongpoom. With a story about ghost images in photographs and a haunted photographer, the film was the biggest box-office hit in Thailand that year, was a hit in Singapore, the Philippines and Brazil. Shutter has since been remade in three other languages, including the 2008 Hollywood film Shutter; the two teamed up again in 2007 for Alone, a box-office hit and played at many film festivals, including the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival, where it was in competition for Best ASEAN Film. Alone has been remade in two other languages. Shutter Alone 4bia Phobia 2 Hello Stranger The ABCs of Death Pee Mak One Day Plao Kao Colorblind Bangjong Pisanthankun on IMDb