The Hubert Bals Fund is honoured to have Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong, of Tiger Award winner Mundane History fame, produce the one-minute leader that will precede each HBF Harvest film screened at IFFR 2013. Here is... Lublae.
Lublae is a district in northern Thailand that used to be known as the 'hidden' land, due to its remote location; 'lub' means 'hidden' in Thai. Others say that Lublae is a derivative of Lublang, the name of the forest in the area. 'Lang' means 'evening' in the language of Lanna (an old kingdom in present-day northern Thailand) as the forest was so dense, it often got dark before sunset. Legend has it that the residents of Lublae were all women and that they tolerated no lies, no matter how small.
The ten women who appear in Lublae are friends of the director, all of whom work in the arts: among them are a film director, an architect, an actress. They walk through a field, torches in hand, searching for something. The beams of light from their torches briefly illuminate the soon-to-be dark landscape. The director likes to think of them as modern-day usherettes – while these ten women may be searchers, they also show us the way.
Each year, different directors freely interpret their relations with the HBF and IFFR, and put their thoughts into these one-minute leader clips