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Thailand's Pen-ek Ratanaruang Teams Again With Christopher Doyle For Food Thriller 'Morte Cucina' (Exclusive)

Acclaimed Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang re-teams with veteran Asian cinematographer Christopher Doyle for a subversive psychological thriller set in the colorful world of Thai food .

A Bangkok film called Morte Cucina tells the story of a talented young female chef named Sao who happens to meet a Men who sexually abused her when she was a teenager. “Using her talent in the kitchen, Sao kicks off her revenge plan—with unexpected results,” reads the film’s synopsis.

Morte Cucina by Pen-ek Ratanaruang and Kongdej Jaturanrasamee (Hunger, Annie’s Face ). This will be Pen-ek’s first since his noir crime thriller Samui Song A feature film that premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1500. The project reunites in Thailand for the first time since the Thai director and Doyle’s 2017 collaboration project Last Life in the Universe

Director and Doyle, this is the work officially submitted by Thailand to the Oscar that year, and the Japanese movie star Tadanobu Asano who also won the Venice Best Actor Award.

The film will be produced by Soros Sukhum of 185 Films (recently produced by Little River Entertainment produces Netflix’s Thai thriller Hunger) with Conor Zorn, along with Manuel Chiche from Joker Films and Alexandra Hoesdorff from Deal Production. Goodfellas (formerly Wild Bunch) handles international sales, except for North America represented by CAA.

The film recently received funding from the Luxembourg Film Fund and is scheduled to shoot in Thailand in the fourth quarter of this year, with the aim of festival launch and international distribution being . See the first poster for the project below.




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