The film’s narrative was directly scripted from two episodes of a popular Thai television, Tong Prakaisad. The series mainly deals with love and the problems of the wealthy.
The filmmaker then traveled to the villages near his home and asked villagers to participate by acting, according to the script. All 66 villagers from six villages participated resuming roles. The story was continuous, but the actors who played the characters were constantly changed as the filming location moved from one village to another.
Haunted Houses project deals with various forms of media addiction (soaps, lifestyles, transformation of / between cultures, etc). Thailand video is the first work of the series. Little is explored in Thailand how tremendous impact the dramas have in shaping the rural landscapes and the minds. A house is like a “medium, “ hosting a television set that transmits these hypnotizing images.
After 8 PM, several millions of the houses in the country are “haunted.” Most of the works involve television viewers or radio listeners to participate in their own media production. The works focus on the narrative reproduction, exploitation, and impersonation. The project will be realized in various techniques in various countries. —Kick the Machine
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