Monrak Transistor, the third film by Thai new wave director Pen-ek Ratanaruang is the first film to have been officially confirmed to screen in the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine Des Realisateurs) section at Cannes.

The film, a genre-defying odyssey of self-discovery is a contemporary tale of a young man from rural Thailand whose quest for fame as a folk-singer takes him on a roller-coaster journey.

Monrak, which had its market debut at last week's Hong Kong Asia Screenings, is a Cinemasia Ltd Production, produced by Duangkamol Limcharoen and Nonzee Nimibutr. International sales are being handled by Fortissimo, which has licensed the film to Italy's Lucky Red, Hong Kong's Ablaze and Klockworx in Japan.