Life, Death, and Ghosts

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wins at Cannes

by Henry Guyer

27 May 2010


Directed by the fantastically named Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the prestigious Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Known to the rest of the film industry merely as Joe (to get around the challenge of pronouncing his name), Weerasethakul’s films have already taken home prizes from Cannes in the past. This is, however, the first time he or any Thai director has won the coveted main prize.

Set amongst the otherworldly landscape of the Thai jungle and using elements of oneiric cinema, Weerasethakul expamines the themes of life, death and, ultimately, reincarnation in a culture where the existence of supernatural apparitions such as ghosts and demons are accepted as part of daily life. The perfectly executed trailer displays a breathtaking yet eerie backdrop, where something ominous and mysterious seems to be lurking below the surface.

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