NYAFF is thrilled to announce that 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 Speedy & Really feel Like, directed by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit.
The director will be joined at Film at Lincoln Center on opening evening by his top actress, Urassaya “Yaya” Sperbund, who is getting honored with the Screen International Increasing Star award.
In Speedy & Really feel Like, Sperbund plays the supportive girlfriend of a planet champion sport stacker (Nat Kitcharit) who only has time for his game. When she lastly comes to her senses and dumps him, he ought to study standard adulting expertise to come across a way to win her back.
“This is the ideal film for an opening that marks a correct return to theaters as effectively as NYAFF’s 20th anniversary,” stated 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 appropriate notes, from broad humor to poignant drama, and offers each character a show-stopping moment or two — as effectively as hilarious and clever cinephile moments. As the film says, sport stacking is genderless, ageless and border-free of charge, which is a genuine game-changer.”
Jamier also commented, “Yaya, currently an established star in the area, requires it to yet another 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 ideal 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 identified for roles in common Television series and films such as Witthaya Thongyooyong’s Brother of the Year, as effectively as for a effective 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 identified for such international festival favorites as Mary Is Content, Mary Is Content, Die Tomorrow and Content Old Year. His Speedy & Really feel Like is the second title from Thailand to open the festival, following Nattawut Poonpiriya’s Terrible Genius in 2017.
NYAFF’s 20th Anniversary edition runs from July 15-28 at Lincoln Center, the festival’s property for the previous decade.
The complete lineup will be unveiled in June.