Thai director refuses to cut film

42 reports that Thailand could see its censorship board replaced with a ratings system, after Thai director Apichatpong Weerasetthakul’s refusal to comply with his country’s censors that four scenes be removed from his critically acclaimed film, Syndromes and a Century.

Following the filmmaker’s objection, the Thai Film Foundation, the Thai Film Directors Association and Bioscope magazine posted a petition online demanding “the complete overhaul’ of the 1930 law that established the censorship board.

Syndromes and a Century was one of seven films commissioned by the New Crowned Hope Festival, part of Vienna’s Mozart year in 2006. It is about the filmmaker’s parents who were both doctors and his memories growing up in a hospital environment. The film will be shown at the upcoming Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in June.


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