I bypass this film last time I blogged about the Asia Society film series, but after reading an email from the AAFilmlab about the director, I'm very interested in seeing this movie. The story is about a Laos imigrant's (the co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath) experience in war torn Laos and mean streets of NY; it sounds very intriging. Plus, the music is scored by Howard Shore!
I'm looking to see it next thursday or friday at Elements at the Kowloon stop. It can also be a chance for me to meet with my crew for the film shootout next weekend.
Who's with me?
THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON) is an epic story of one family's journey from war-torn Laos to the mean streets of New York in the 80's to the present. Thavisouk Phrasavath tells the story of himself as a young man struggling to survive a war and the hardships of immigrant life. His mother tells her own astonishing tale of perseverance as a soldier's wife.
Below is taken from AAFilmlab's email...
new film THE BETRAYAL premieres this weekend in New York City. Ellen has served on the Final Judging Panel of many of the Annual 72 Hour Film Shootouts. Ellen's director of photography credits include
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Blow, Analyze That, Dave Chapelle's Block Party, Summer of Sam, and He Got Game
. Now working as director, Ellen's new film, The Betrayal, is now a part of the Hong Kong Asia Society film festival that I blogged about earlier.
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
(New York premiere)
Director: Ellen Kuras; Co-Director: Thavisouk Phrasavath—USA/LAOS—2008—100m—35mm—doc
In English and Lao with English subtitles
Filmed over the course of 23 years, THE BETRAYAL (NERAKHOON) is an epic story of one family's journey from war-torn Laos to the mean streets of New York in the 80's to the present. Thavisouk Phrasavath tells the story of himself as a young man struggling to survive a war and the hardships of immigrant life. His mother tells her own astonishing tale of perseverance as a soldier's wife. Breathtaking and compelling, renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras’s directorial debut is a remarkable collaboration with co-director Phrasavath – a poetic, deeply personal film about the hidden, human face of war’s “collateral damage.” Official Selection,
Sundance Film Festival 2008. Winner of the 2008 CinereachLtd. Award. A co-production of American Documentary | P.O.V. and The Diverse Voices Project. The Betrayal (NERAKHOON) has its national broadcast premiere on PBS’s P.O.V. series in 2009.
Eagle vs Shark
Saturday, Jun 21, 2008 7:55PM-9:55PM (IFC)
On a totally different tone, I'm planning to see Eagle vs Shark at the New Zealand film fest at IFC. It should be a good quaky comedy like Napolean Dynamite. Sweet.
Eagle vs Shark
(2007) Two socially awkward misfits fall for each other and plan revenge on an old high-school bully in this oddball romantic comedy that charmed audiences at Sundance. Directed by Taika Waititi. Starring Jemaine Clement, Loren Horsley.**
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