The 20th Anniversary edition of the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF) will kick off on July 15 with the international premiere of the propulsively-paced Thai romantic comedy Quick & Really feel Like, directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit.
The director will be joined at Lincoln Center on opening evening by his top actress, Urassaya “Yaya” Sperbund, who is getting honored with the Screen International Increasing Star award.
“This is the great film for an opening that marks a correct return to theaters as nicely as NYAFF’s 20th anniversary,” mentioned Samuel Jamier, Executive Director of NYAFF and President of the New York Asian Film Foundation, in remarks to Screen International, which broke the news.
“Nearly as rapidly-moving as its sport-stacking protagonist, it hits all the proper notes, from broad humor to poignant drama, and provides each character a show-stopping moment or two — as nicely as hilarious and clever cinephile moments. As the film says, sport stacking is genderless, ageless and border-totally free, which is a actual game-changer.”
Jamier also commented, “Yaya, currently an established star in the area, requires it to a different level right here with her impeccable comic timing and genuine moments of emotion, and of course this most uncommon of qualities: screen presence. In this respect, providing her the Screen International Increasing Star award tends to make great sense and is also a precedent in that we’re providing it to a star who is increasing larger than exactly where she was, rather than a star-to-be.”
The Thai-Norwegian actress is recognized for roles in common Television series and films such as Witthaya Thongyooyong’s Brother of the Year, as nicely as for a productive modeling profession.
More than the previous 20 years, NYAFF has showcased a variety of Thai films, like writer-director Thamrongrattanarit’s Heart Attack (NYAFF 2016). He is also recognized for such international festival favorites as Mary Is Satisfied, Mary Is Satisfied, Die Tomorrow and Satisfied Old Year. His Quick & Really feel Like is the second title from Thailand to open the festival, soon after Nattawut Poonpiriya’s Negative Genius in 2017.
NYAFF’s 20th Anniversary edition runs from July 15-28 at Lincoln Center, the festival’s household for the previous decade.
The complete lineup will be unveiled in June.