The documentary leisurely examines the shifting focus of image and sound. It was a hot day in a small town where a mystic radio filled the air. Lives were trapped in the time of the radio play, of the photograph, and of the film. The narrative form is broken, sometimes improvised, and sometimes structured. The radio wave is transmitted from one place to many others, delivering a melodramatic play, the Sea Goddess. The film juxtaposes the time and the memory worlds. The transportation (the car, the ship, the passing plane) in this film is the vehicle that runs through both worlds. —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