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Director
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Filmography
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

Biography
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

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave – the birthplace of his first life...


Director:Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Script:Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cinematography:Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Yukontorn Mingmongkon, Charin Pengpanich
Editing:Lee Chatametikool
Sound:Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Koichi Shimizu
Art Direction:Nitipong Thintubthai
Costumes:Chatchai Chaiyon
With:Thanapat Saisaymar (Boonmee), Jenjira Pongpas (Jen), Sakda Kaewbuadee (Tong), Natthakarn Aphaiwonk (Huay, Boonmee’s wife), Geerasak Kulhong (Boonsong, Boonmee’s son), Kanokporn Thongaram (Roong, Jen’s friend in hotel), Samud Kugasang (Jaai, Boonmee’s chief worker), Wallapa Mongkolprasert (princess), Sumit Suebsee (soldier), Vien Pimdee (farmer)
World Sales:The Match Factory, Germany T. +49 221 539 709-0 F. +49 221 539 709-10 info@matchfactory.com www.the-match-factory.com
Distribution in Greece:Ama Films,Yorgos Stergiakis T. +30 210 3221 925 F. +30 210 3214 998 amafilms@otenet.gr www.amafilms.gr
Production Design:Akekarat Homlaor
Producer:Simon Field, Keith Griffiths, Charles de Meaux, Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Production:Kick the Machine Films, Thailand & Illuminations Films Past Lives, UK
Production Country:UK-Thailand-Germany-France-Spain
Co-production:Anna Sanders Films (France) & The Match Factory (Germany) & GFF Geissendoerfer Film-und Fernsehproduktion KG (Germany) & Eddie Saeta, S.A. (Spain)
Format:35mm Color
Duration:113'
Production Year:2010
Screening Schedule
OLYMPION:Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - 20:15 | ID:415
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