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The Cave (Thailand)

This Thai production is the first film to dramatise 2018’s astonishing rescue of the Wild Boars football team from Tham Luang cave.

The title of this film is The Cave. We have added its country of production in brackets to avoid confusion as there are two films called The Cave in the festival this year.

Dir-Scr Tom Waller
Prod Tom Waller, Allen Liu
With Jim Warny, Ekawat Niratworapanya, James Edward Holley
Thailand-Ireland
2019
104min
With partial English subtitles (some scenes are not in the English language)
Sales Wild Bunch

Bangkok-born, Thai-Irish writer-director Tom Waller has beaten several planned Hollywood projects in the race to dramatise last summer’s global headline-grabbing rescue of the Wild Boars boys football team from Tham Luang cave. They were trapped with their coach for 18 days during the monsoon season. Far more than just a plucky domestic production, The Cave captures the complex character of the massive international rescue effort by having several of the real-life volunteer heroes from around the world play themselves. You’ll be cheering on local engineering expert Pooyai Tun as he battles bureaucratic odds to deliver crucial water draining turbo pumps in the nick of time, while Irish cave diving specialist Jim Warny ensures that the film’s claustrophobic underwater scenes exude a clammy docudrama authenticity.

Manish Agarwal

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