Bangkok Film Festival Awards
THE GOLDEN KINAREE AWARDS
BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A few weeks after their grand premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Erika Lemay and Douglas Kirkland were invited again to combine their talents for the most important event of the International Bangkok Film Festival: the awards ceremony.
Hosted at the Chatrium Suites in Bangkok, the sumptuous gala evening was a royal one: dramatic music plays as the audience of cineastes rise to their feet, in honour of the entrance of HRH Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya. HRH sits ramrod straight, bejeweled earrings glitter, her hair is gracefully pulled back, and there is an air of serenity and grace about her.
A gorgeous presenter, Khun Ning, is the MC. Ning introduces the opening act, Erika Lemay dancing on her hands.
The Golden Kinnaree Award brings to the film festival both a symbol of Thai mythology and the history of the Bangkok International Film Festival's awards. Here is Kirkland's interpretation of the famous symbol incarnated by Erika Lemay.
After Lemay's performance, the stage was graced by a retrospective of the work of celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland, whose portraits of the Golden Age of Hollywood are extraordinary and brilliant. Marilyn Monroe and Marlon Brando roll onscreen in their pomp, as do Sophia Loren and Brigitte Bardot, while Paul Newman and Robert Redford reprise the characters of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. John Lennon and Ringo Starr in their psychedelic glory. Angelica Huston is in good company, as Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin flash across the screen. Kirkland is in fact a film historian. His work chronicles the splendour that once was Rome. It is a tribute to the art of cinema, which was once philosophical and glamorous, , unlike the vulgar reality TV trash and fabricated instant coffee-celebrity ofNew Hollywood.
In addition tothe Canadian-born duo Lemay-Kirkland, Canadian Ambassador Ron Hoffman also attended the event.
The Canadian movie “I killed my mother” directed by Xavier Dolan won a “special mention”. The same year he won Cannes Film Festival.