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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

Luminous people / Apichatpong Weerasethakul

A group of people is in a boat, traveling along the Mekong River that stretches along the Thai-Laos border. They are running against the wind, anticipating an act of farewell. In the middle of the river, a woman, who is also the head of the family, casts the ashes into the water. The white dust merges with the muddy water. The boat makes a U-turn at the bridge that links the two countries. The border links the worlds of the dead and the living. The film premiered at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival 2007, as part of the omnibus film O Estado do Mundo (The State of the World), commissioned by The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, to mark its 50th Anniversary. The other directors were Ayisha Abraham, Chantal Akerman, Pedro Costa, Vicente Ferraz, and Wang Bing.


Director:Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cinematography:Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Editing:Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Sound:Akaritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Art Direction:Akekarat Homlaor
Costumes:Suphapich Thitithammasak
With:Sakda Kaewbuadee, Jenjira Pongpas, Nophakraw Ngawvichai, Prasit Donsung, Somchai Matimata, Garuna Luktoomtong, Somchat Aksornsiri, Surasak Krotchaompu, Sudsakorn Ngawvichai
World Sales:UMEDIA, France T. +33 1 4870 7318 www.umedia.fr
Producer:Luis Correia
Production:Lx Filmes, Portugal & Kick the Machine, Thailand
Production Country:Portugal-Thailand
Format:35mm Color
Duration:15'
Production Year:2007
Screening Schedule
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Friday, December 03, 2010 - 17:30 | ID:024
JOHN CASSAVETES:Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - 14:00 | ID:452
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