Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Thailand

Biography

Pen-ek Ratanaruang is a director born in Bangkok in 1962. He is one of the most remarkable directors in the film world and is a leading figure of emerging Thailand. He spent eight years in his late teens and early twenties in New York City, where he studied at the Pratt Institute of the Arts majoring in Art History. He went on to work as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Back in Thailand, he was appointed Head of Art at the Leo Burnett agency and spent five years as an art director before directing TV commercials. He made his debut as a feature film director in 1997 with FUN BAR KARAOKE which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and was shown at a half dozen other festivals. Since then he has been recognized as a major pioneer in the Thai New Wave cinema of the late 90s/early 2000s. Four of his films – 6IXTYNIN9 (1999), MON-RAK TRANSISTOR (2001), LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE (2003) and HEADSHOT (2011) – were Thailand’s official submissions to the Best Foreign Language Oscar category. His fourth film, LAST LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, won the best actor award for Tadanobu Asano at the Venice Film Festival and was invited at Berlin Film Festival for the competition section. All his films have been screened in major festivals and have been distributed worldwide.

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