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Luang Prabang Film Festival Unveils Lineup, Shifts Online

The Hollywood Reporter — 25.11.2020

The Luang Prabang Film Festival, a Laos-based boutique event showcasing emerging cinematic voices from Southeast Asia, has unveiled an ambitious lineup despite being forced to shift its activities entirely online in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The festival, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year, will screen 24 features and 10 shorts, including the critically acclaimed human trafficking thriller Buoyancy and Thai drama Manta Ray, about the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. The festival runs Dec. 4-Dec. 10.

Regular Luang Prabang festival attendees will no doubt be missing the event’s unique atmospherics this year — held in the Unesco World Heritage town of its name, the festival stages many of its screenings after sunset in the city square, backdropped by ancient Buddhist temples — but the fact that the event is going forward at all in 2020 is a testament to the considerable hustle of its organizers.

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