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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives


May 22, 2011 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010). (Strand Releasing)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010). (Strand Releasing)

Part of the film series
Blissfully Thai

Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul. 2010. 113 min. 35mm. English subtitles.

Post-screening Q&A with director.

Winner of the Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival), Uncle Boonmee follows the final days of a man's life. In the lush countryside, Uncle Boonmee is visited by his loved ones, including his deceased wife appearing as a ghost and his long-lost son who has taken on a non-human form. Mysterious as it is, nothing is scary in the world of Uncle Boonmee. This peaceful and poetic film meditates on the myths and secrets of the universe.

Foreign Language Film of the Year, London Critics Circle Film Awards 2011
Best Foreign Language Film, Toronto Film Critics Association Awards 2010
Best Film, Asian Film Awards 2011

"A work of unostentatious beauty and uncloying sweetness, at once sophisticated and artless, mysterious and matter-of-fact, cosmic and humble." — J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
"Entrancing. A serenely fantastical tone poem."— David Edelstein, New York magazine

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970) was born in Bangkok and grew up in Khon Kaen in northeast 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. His art projects and feature films have won him widespread international recognition and numerous festival prizes, most notably the Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010). Director Filmography (features): Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), Syndromes and a Century (2006), Tropical Malady (2004), The Adventures of Iron Pussy (2003), Blissfully Yours (2002), Mysterious Object at Noon (2000).

Check out book James Quandt ed. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (SYNEMA, Vienna 2009) here.

This series is presented by Asia Society in association with Cineaste.

Major support for this film series is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Thai-US Partnership Program of Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Thai Artists Alliance.