Entertainment

Scent of a nation

Since ancient times, Myanmar people have been rubbing thanakha paste on their faces as an effective shield against the sun’s harmful rays. The yellow facial cream produced from ground thanakha bark is a much-touted beauty secret deeply ingrained in the Myanmar culture. Men also wear it quite unconsciously. 

Making Myanmar’s first iPhone film

Having established a reputation as a talented filmmaker, Nyo Min Lwin is starting a new trend with his direct-to-video film made entirely with an iPhone. He plans to release “Yè Kan” (“The Loom”) on the Apple Store. 

What inspired “Yè Kan”?

Wera’s new documentary zooms in on abandoned kids in China

Noted filmmaker Wera is planning to begin work on a TV documentary on the plight of Chinese children abandoned by their migrant worker parents. “Why am I Left Behind?”, his fifth foreign film project, is destined for international film festivals next year. 

“I’ve received an offer to make this documentary about children in China left behind by their migrant worker parents. I will portray their emotions and the pain felt by these children. I will draw on my experience to do my best for this film,” said Wera.

A proliferation of cinemas expected in Myanmar

YANGON

A private company is planning to build 60 cinemas across Myanmar including 20 cinemas in Yangon and Mandalay as part of a proposal submitted to the Department for Enhancing Film Standards (DEFS). 

“We have received concessions to operate and build 60 cinemas across Myanmar. Foreign investors have also met and discussed with us. The number of cinemas will rise nationwide within this year,” said Thein Naing, director of DEFS. 

Artist Aye Ko’s modern art exhibit on view in France

Artist Aye Ko, known for being shortlisted for the Joseph Balestier Award early this year, showcases his modern paintings in his first solo exhibition currently being underway in Lyon, France until the end of this month. 

‘Age of Ultron’ arrives in Myanmar

Superhero blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron” attracted a record turnout on May 8 when it was released in 10 Yangon cinemas. 

Joss Whedon’s comic book sequel is being shown in most cinemas in Yangon. No other film has been screened in as many cinemas before. Rising demand has prompted cinemas to sell tickets one week in advance. Many people have come to watch the film in both Yangon and Mandalay since the  opening day. Bookings have gone up considerably as well,” said a spokesman for Mingalar Cinema Group. 

Filipino singer Charice to perform in Myanmar

Internationally acclaimed Filipino pop star Charice is planning to stage a concert in Myanmar, according to entertainment firm Living Sound Entertainment.

Originally scheduled for May 2, the concert has been postponed until further notice due to clashing schedules. 

‘Music Bank’ to capitalise on K-pop craze in Myanmar

“Music Bank”, a South Korean music television programme broadcast by Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), will stage a K-pop concert in Yangon.

“Music Bank recently staged a live concert with many K-pop artists in Vietnam. It was a successful concert and some Myanmar fans came to watch it. K-pop groups want to perform in Myanmar. That’s why we’ve been in talks with them [about holding a concert] in Myanmar,” said Jaw Maran of Living Sound Entertainment.

New heights of handmade heritage

Handcrafted products from cheap knick-knacks to couture evening gownsare back in vogue these days. The craze has lately given rise to a new breed of entrepreneurs: DIY designers.

Unlike self-taught traditional craftsmen, these designers are taking the Myanmar craft world by storm thanks to their profound skills they’ve learned from crafts workshops, vocational schools or simply how-to books. Nothing beats collections of evening gowns created by top designers for celebrities out and about at red carpet events.  

From catwalk to concert

Girl groups are something of a rarity in Myanmar, yet a few barely managed to hit the big time only to vanish into limbo later. But “Supermodels”, Myanmar’s very own 3-member girl group, has proven to stand the test of time. Their debut album came out in 2012, with music videos just launched last month. Myanmar Eleven recently caught up with the three gals – Su Nandar Aung, Khaymar, and Pan Ei – for a rare insight into their success recipe. 

How did “Supermodels” come into being?