Morte Cucina is best described as a powerful submersive psychological thriller set in Bangkok and immersed in the colorful world of Thai cuisine. This film will have Pen-ek Ratanaruang reteaming with veteran Christopher Doyle once again after their success on their 2003 project ‘Last Life in the Universe’ which was officially their submission for the Oscars. This new mysterious film is planned to release in 2024. The first movie poster features a steak with a knife through it, veiny eyes and long teeth drawn on.
What is the plot of Morte Cucina?
Culinary Thriller ‘Morte Cucina’ is set in Bangkok and follows the journey of Sao, a talented and beautiful young female chef who has been sexually assaulted as a teen. After a chance encounter with this man years later, she uses her skills in the kitchen to set her revenge into motion. The film’s logline informs us that she achieved a rather unexpected result in the end. It has already received funding from the ‘Film Fund Luxembourg’ and is set to shoot in Thailand near the fourth quarter of 2023.
More on production:
This new thriller is co-written by Pen-ek himself and Kongdej Jaturanrasamee. It is reportedly Pen-ek’s first feature film since his crime thriller ‘Samui Song’ came out, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2017 and won its main lead a best actor award. This film is set to be produced by Conor Zorn from Little River Entertainment and Soros Sukhum of 185 Films. Co-producing, we have Manuel Chiche from Joker Films and Alexandra Hoesdorff from Deal Productions. Goodfellas (previously Wild Bunch) is in charge of international sales, not including North America, which is represented by CAA.