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Apichatpong Weerasethakul

1994 0116643225059 (short)
1994 Mae Ya Nang/Like the Relentless Fury of the Pounding Waves (short)
1997 Goh Gayasit/Third world (short)
1999 Windows (short)
1999 Malee and the Boy (short)
2000 Boys at Noon (short)
2000 Dokfar Nai Meu Marn/Mysterious Object at Noon
2001 Haunted Houses (mid-length)
2002 Sud Sanaeha/Blissfully Yours
2002 Second Love in Hong Kong (co-direction: Christelle Lheureux) (short)
2003 Huajai Toranong/The Adventure of Iron Pussy (co-direction: Michael Shaowanasai)
2003 This and a Million More Lights (short)
2003 Nokia Short (short)
2004 Is It Possible that Only Your Heart Is not Enough to Find You a True Love (short)
2004 Sud Pralad/Tropical Malady
2005 Worldly Desires (short)
2005 Ghost of Asia (co-direction: Christelle Lheureux) (short)
2006 The Anthem (short)
2006 Sang Sattawat/Syndromes and a Century
2007 Luminous People (short)
2007 Teem (November 20) (short)
2007 Teem (November 21) (short)
2007 Teem (November 22) (short)
2007 Morakot/Emerald (short)
2007 My Mother’s Garden (short)
2008 Mobile Men (short)
2008 Sud Vikal/Vampire (short)
2009 A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (short)
2010 Lung Boonmee Raluek Chat/Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

He was born in Bangkok and grew up in Khon Kaen in northeastern Thailand. He holds a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He began making film and video shorts in 1994, and completed his first feature in 2000. He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998. Often non-linear, with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory, subtly addressed personal politics and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he is active in promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his company Kick the Machine, founded in 1999. His art projects and feature films have won him widespread international recognition and numerous festival prizes, including three prizes from the Cannes Film Festival. In 2005, he was presented with Silpatorn, one of Thailand’s most prestigious awards for visual artists, by the Thai Ministry of Culture. In 2008, he became the first artist to receive the Fine Prize from the 55th Carnegie International, USA. Also in 2008, the French Minister of Culture and Communications bestowed on him the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters (Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature). His film, Syndromes and a Century, completed in late 2006, was the first Thai film to be selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival. He also completed a short film commission entitled Vampire for Louis Vuitton. It premiered at the Espace Louis Vuitton in Paris. Apichatpong was one of twenty international artists and filmmakers commissioned to create a short film for the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2009, the Austrian Film Museum published a major English language monograph on his work. His latest project, Primitive, consists of a large-scale video installation, two short films, an artist’s book, and a feature film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. The film won the Palme d’Or at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010, making it the first Southeast Asian film (and the 7th from Asia) to win this most prestigious award in the film world. He lives and works in Chiangmai, Thailand.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Syndromes and a Century / Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Syndromes and a Century explores how we remember; how our sense of happiness can be triggered by seemingly insignificant things. It is a film in two parts which sometimes echo each other. The two central characters are inspired by the filmmaker’s parents, in the years before they became lovers. The first part focuses on a woman doctor and is set in a space reminiscent of the world in which the filmmaker was born and raised. The second part focuses on a male doctor and is set in a more contemporary space, much like the world that we live in. The film was commissioned by the New Crowned Hope Festival (Vienna) to commemorate the 250th asnniversary of the birth of Mozart.

Director:Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Script:Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cinematography:Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Editing:Lee Chatametikool
Sound:Koichi Shimizu, Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Music:Kantee Anantagant
Costumes:Virasinee Tipkomol, Askorn Sirikul
With:Nantarat Sawaddikul (Dr. Tei), Jaruchai Iamaram (Dr. Nohng), Nu Nimsomboon (Toa), Sophon Pukanok (Noom, the orchid expert), Jenjira Pongpas (Pa Jane), Arkanae Cherkam (dentist Ple), Sakda Kaewbuadee (monk Sakda), Sin Kaewpakpin (old monk), Wanna Wattanajinda (Dr. Wan)
World Sales:Fortissimo Films, The Netherlands Τ. +31 20 627 32 15 F. +31 20 626 11 55 info@fortissimo.nl www.fortissimo.nl
Production Design:Akekarat Homlaor
Producer:Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Charles de Meaux
Production:Kick The Machine, Thailand & TIFA, Thailand & Anna Sanders Films, France
Production Country:Thailand-Austria-France
Co-production:Backup Films (France) & New Crowned Hope (Austria)
Format:35mm Color
Production Year:2006
Screening Schedule
JOHN CASSAVETES:Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 19:00 | ID:555
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 19:30 | ID:925


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