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Bangkok International Film Festival 2007
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The 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival will feature a wide range of productions from all corners of the globe. From UK comes one of the few animated films, in the form of Renaissance. more
The film is set in Paris 2054, and is not only sci-fi in its setting, but also a technological revolution in that it takes real scenes and then transforms them into a monochrome animated form. Using techniques from computer games, the effect is groundbreaking cinema. One American described the effect as ‘hypnotically gorgeous” It’s a credit to the selection committee that the Thai audiences will have the opportunity to see this film.

Whilst the dialogue and story line have been described a fairly ordinary, the visual impact makes up for that aspect of the film. The futuristic setting provides plenty of opportunities for all sorts of innovations, elevating buildings, holographic adverts and artwork, glass floored pedestrian areas, invisibility suits etc etc. The characters themselves are based on motion capture footage rather than straight forward animation adding an extra layer of realism to their movement and interaction with the surroundings

Included in the cast of voices are some well known and easily recognizable personalities: Jonathan Pryce, just back from Pirates of the Caribbean, and Daniel Craig, the latest James Bond. Craig plays the tough cop Captain Karas who joins forces with the sister of a kidnapped researcher, ‘played’ by Romala Garai.

The first time director Christian Volckman has clearly been dedicated to his work, spending nearly seven years in the making of the film, overcoming the many technical obstacles along the way.  There’s no doubt Bangkok film goers will be excited and intrigued to see this new form of cinema. This film has a dubbed English soundtrack.

A film for fans of cinema and sci-fi, Renaissance is visually stunning and wonderfully intriguing – Film Focus


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