Five prominent Thai independent filmmakers are teaming up for a local version of controversial Hong Kong omnibus Ten Years (十年).
Sharing the same concept as the original, Ten Years Thailand is a collection of five short films that imagine Thailand ten years into the future. The five directors are Wisit Sasanatieng (Tears of the Black Tiger), Apitchapong Weerasethakul (Cemetery of Splendour), Aditya Assarat (Hi-So), Chookiat Sakveerakul (13 Beloved) and visual artist Chulayarnnon Spiriphol.
The film is the co-production between Thailand’s Films For Free and Hong Kong’s Ten Years Studio. Ten Years creator Ng Ka-leung is on board as an executive producer, and Golden Scene’s Felix Tsang is also listed as a producer.
“Our hope is that 10 Years Thailand will create dialog and reflection in a Thailand currently in the midst of great change and uncertainty,” says the film’s crowdfunding page. The original creators are also in discussion to produce “continuations” of the project in other nations.
The Hong Kong version of the political parable was an indie hit in its native city. It was also the surprise Beat Picture winner of last year’s Hong Kong Film Awards – a controversial decision that divided the local film industry.
The Ten Years Thailand crowdfunding campaign is seeking US$200,000 in funding. It is expected to run for two months.