Filming in Nabua in northeastern Thailand, site of a bloody 1965 battle between communist farmers and the totalitarian government, Weerasethakul employs a roving, floating camera and incantatory omniscient narration to simultaneously evoke the dangerous cycles of violence and repression, and the hope of perpetual rebirth and remembrance. —TIFF
Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul (Thai: อภิชาติพงศ์ วีระเศรษฐกุล; born July 16, 1970) is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. His feature films include Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the prestigious 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or prize; Tropical Malady, which won a jury prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival; Blissfully Yours, which won the top prize in the Un Certain Regard program at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival; and Syndromes and a Century, which premiered at the 63rd Venice Film Festival and was the first Thai film to be entered in competition there.
Working outside the strict confines of the Thai film studio system, Weerasethakul has directed several features and dozens of short films. Themes reflected in his films (frequently discussed in interviews) include dreams, nature, sexuality (including his own homosexuality), and Western perceptions of Thailand and Asia, and his films… read more
The cinematography in this film is very impressive and the film really drew me in. I feel like I'm missing something though, there must be some Thai history I have to learn or maybe I have to watch some of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's earlier films to appreciate this one more.
A hard film to rate. It's fairly elusive in it's thematic nature, but technically, I was put under a spell by the ever floating camerawork and monotone narration that delt with making a film about opression in a Thai village that is mentioned in barely any detail, and an uncle that just lays about, recalling things of slight importance. The filmmaking sort of reminded me of Alain Resnais, but without any punch to it.
"My sense is that Joe and his films bring out the best in people. And that his swift rise to prominence, to the upper ranks of
"What should be mentioned first is the quiet," advises Michael Koresky in Reverse Shot. "But when discussing Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall
Photo by Fabrizio Maltese/EF Press/fabriziomaltese.com. Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was awarded
Photograph by Chaisiri Jiwarangsan © Kick the Machine Films, 2009. This week The Auteurs began its free online premiere of Apichatpong
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s A Letter to Uncle Boonmee is a ghost film. It’s not a ghost film in the traditional sense – nothing ever is with Apichatpong – but it is a document about spaces teeming… read review
Mas que cine, lo de Apichatpong Weerasethakul parece ser un extraño ejercicio en el cual la idea es someter al espectador a un estado de embrujo absoluto, en el que todos los sentidos pasan a ser controlados… read review