1. The badge is like an ID card. Without it, it’s like you don’t exist at the festival. The ticket’s another thing. Even though a director doesn’t need a ticket to his/her own film, one director from Thailand still lined up to buy a ticket to his first show.
2. A huge poster makes every small director feel warm and fuzzy.
3. BELA TARR IS LOOKING AT ME.
4. At one of the competition film screenings, I sat behind Naomi Kawase by chance, so was able to see her working in the context of a jury member. She was very cool, staying to listen to the entire Q and A. She also took lots of notes in Japanese in her festival booklet. Finally, she has two translators. One to go from Korean to English and the other from English to Japanese.
5. The Sold Out status lets you know the culture of film-going in Korea. I wasn’t too surprised by the adults, but was taken aback seeing 9th graders lining up to see everything from mainstream stuff like Seven Something (which i co-wrote the script) to my own obscure experimental film 36. This wide range of taste is something I hardly see in Thailand.
6. The day after the first screening, a horrible review of 36 appeared in the daily Hollywood Reporter. I think it’s the duty of everyone who does creative work to accept all opinions, even if it’s akin to being hit by a ten-wheel truck.
7. This is CD (Pacharin Surawatanapongs – Assistant Producer) with two laptops. Coming to a film festival isn’t all that much fun. There’s always somebody asking you to do something somewhere. I never even went to the beach, just saw it from my hotel window every morning and every night.
8. Tongdee (Soros Sukhum) asleep. Tongdee is the foreign ministry for this film. Big festivals aren’t places to mingle with film goers and other directors. They’re more like places where producers like Tongdee talk and do business. Doing that all day is like running a marathon.
9. Walking on a red carpet past thousands of people makes me feel like a little ant. I try to walk as quickly as possible. But here, the red carpet is nice because the people on both sides are audience members. When they clap, it’s like they’re telling you to walk upright with your back straight. Don’t slouch, this place belongs to you. I was quite proud. Almost cried actually.
10. In my left hand I’m carrying the New Currents Award and flowers and in my right hand I’m carrying an iphone. I asked the audience permission to take a picture because I wanted to keep this memory. I don’t know what they said, but they were sort of cheering and waving so I took the picture. My hand was shaking and I only had one chance to do it. The picture I took is the one you are looking at. It’s not very clear, a lot less clear than it is in my memory.