Oscar 2013: Countdown from Thailand

countdownThailand has selected the psychological thriller “Countdown” as its contender for nomination in the Academy Awards’ foreign-language section.

The film, directed by Nattawut Poonpiriya, is a black tale of three dope-smoking Thai teenagers who are holed up in an apartment in New York at New Year, when they are terrorized by a Bible-wielding drug dealer called Jesus. The film was produced by GTH, better known for its more family-friendly fare.

The Oscar selection was made by Federation of National Film Associations of Thailand, which is headed by GTH top exec, Visute Poolvoraluck.