SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY
SANG SATTAWAT
2006, Strand Releasing, 105 min, Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Commissioned by Vienna’s New Crowned Hope Festival to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, Apichatpong Weerasethakul responded with a film about the miraculous beauty of everyday life. Composed of two parts, the film follows a female doctor working in a rural Thai hospital and a male doctor working in a Bangkok hospital (characters inspired by the director’s parents). “It sent me out into the streets in a state of euphoria I couldn't properly explain.” – David Ansen, Newsweek. In Thai with English subtitles.


UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES
LOONG BOONMEE RALEUK CHAT
2010, Strand Releasing, 114 min, Dir: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

As its title suggests, the first Palme d'Or winner from Thailand straddles the real world and the supernatural one. As he lies dying of kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee (Thanapat Saisaymar) is visited by the spirits of his dead wife and lost son. This enigmatic film was shot in several differing styles (including costume drama, documentary and the Thai TV series of Weerasethakul’s youth), mirroring its themes of death, memory and transformation. In Thai and French with English subtitles.


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