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Re: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

#76 Post by Grand Illusion » Wed Sep 08, 2010 8:21 pm

zedz wrote:Given how a couple of you love / hate the two halves of Tropical Malady, it will be interesting to hear your reactions to Uncle Boonmee, where those two sides of his filmmaking are sort of fused. (And that would have been my recommendation for a starting point if it were available.) Also, if it needs to be said, these films should be seen on the big screen if at all possible, and Uncle Boonmee will probably provide your best opportunity to do so over the next several months.
And winning the Palme might actually mean I can drag someone to the theater with me!

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#77 Post by Guido » Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:21 am

A few recent articles have shed light on the development of Apichatpong's "dream" project. Mark Slutsky, in his TIFF report for this week's edition of the Montreal Mirror, gives us a brief synopsis:
At a "Mavericks" Q&A session with Weerasethakul [...] later in the week, the director revealed that his dream project, which he's trying to get together, is a science-fiction film (to be shot in Canada) with Jane Fonda and several other aging ladies of sci-fi in pursuit of a "mystical beast" in a snowy landscape where the Starship Enterprise lies in ruins.
Apichatpong speaks briefly about the project (and its funding) in an article at The Star:
We plan to make a movie, but we cannot raise enough funds and there has to be the Starship Enterprise in the middle of a snowstorm erupting. It's like a survey of these women going to this landscape and there are periodic snowstorms and monsters that are the creation of these people. It's very sad, but it's very funny at the same time. It would be a really big budget for me.

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#78 Post by Matt » Thu Oct 18, 2012 2:31 pm

Joe has a new short, Cactus River (Khong Lang Nam), available on the Walker Art Center's website. They commissioned the work.

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#79 Post by antnield » Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:28 am

Shorts films Vampire and M Hotel are available to view online until April 9th.

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#80 Post by doh286 » Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:10 pm

Apichatpong will be present for a discussion at the Feb. 1 screening of Cemetery of Splendour at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

Edit: Information on Apichatpong's appearance from the Siskel Film Center's website
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#81 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:12 pm

FWIW, that film makes its official theatrical premiere in March of next year - not sure what the distribution will be like in Chicago though, but definitely go to that preview screening if you can. Especially nice since Weerasethakul got his MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago - when his last film premiered at the NYFF, he actually brought one of his professors as a guest.

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#82 Post by doh286 » Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:16 pm

It's getting a week long run at the Siskel Center along with Mekong Hotel at the end of January.

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#83 Post by hearthesilence » Tue Dec 08, 2015 3:41 pm

Awesome! Glad they managed to book a full week, Strand hasn't even listed that yet.

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#84 Post by Raymond Marble » Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:08 pm

Ooh, I'll take a day trip up to catch it if I can. Thanks for the head's up.

I have already seen Cemetery of Splendor thanks to a local film festival, and quite enjoyed it, as I do all of Apichatpong's films. It's more along the lines of Syndromes and a Century and Blissfully Yours than it is Tropical Malady or Uncle Boonmee. Really, I prefer the latter pair of films to the former, but like I said, I'm a big fan of all of his movies, so that's hardly an insult.

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#85 Post by JAP » Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:13 am

Mysterious Object at Noon has been released on the Edition Filmmuseum label/imprint as a result of the an Austrian Film Museum and The Film Foundation joint restoration effort ("Restored in 2013 by the World Cinema Foundation and the Austrian Film Museum. Restoration works carried out at the Austrian Film Museum, LISTO laboratory in Vienna, Technicolor Ltd in Bangkok, and Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in close collaboration with Aphicatpong Weerasethakul")

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#86 Post by Raymond Marble » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:47 pm

To correspond with their 3/4 premiere date of Cemetery of Splendor, the IFC Center in Manhattan is doing an Apichatpong retrospective beginning on 2/29. Said retro includes 35mm prints of Tropical Malady, Syndromes and a Century, and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. (!)

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#87 Post by rockysds » Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:39 pm

All night and following morning program of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's films at the Tate Modern April 9th-10th.

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#88 Post by Robin Davies » Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:19 pm

Does anyone know if Mekong Hotel is included on the UK Blu-ray?

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#89 Post by mfunk9786 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:17 pm

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#90 Post by Petty Bourgeoisie » Thu Feb 20, 2020 1:59 am

Is Tropical Malady ever coming out on Blu Ray?

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#91 Post by Petty Bourgeoisie » Tue Apr 28, 2020 2:42 am

Quarantine ruminations about his plum tree. https://www.indiewire.com/2020/04/apich ... 202222960/

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#92 Post by DarkImbecile » Thu Jan 13, 2022 3:12 am


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#93 Post by Shanzam » Thu Jan 13, 2022 4:28 pm

I've never seen a Noh theatre play live (traditional Japanese theatre, I assume Thailand might have something similar) but it's what Uncle Boonmee reminds me of. I didn't find the connection between the two (or between theatre and Weerasethakul in general) online, but found this instead:

http://www.16-9.dk/2019/05/theatrical-transcendence/
this article will explore the relationship between traditional Japanese theatre and the cinema. Focusing on two films by director Kenji Mizoguchi, Ugetsu Monogatari (1953), and Uwasa no Onna (1954), the article will highlight the methods that the director uses to inform his audience, both emotionally and spiritually.

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#94 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Fri Jan 14, 2022 5:16 pm

DarkImbecile wrote:
Thu Jan 13, 2022 3:12 am
New Yorker feature profile: “The Metaphysical World of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Movies”
Slightly amusing to read that Memoria "opened in New York on December 26th," since Neon's brilliant release strategy means it already closed before this article came out. And anyone reading in another city will have no luck figuring out when it'll come there, since Neon's own website still has it down as "Coming Soon" with zero info on future playdates. Meanwhile it opens in a dozen-odd UK cities this weekend.

Also, this...
When “Mysterious Object at Noon” hit the festival circuit, many seasoned programmers didn’t know that there was even such a thing as a Thai art movie, let alone one as idiosyncratic and artful as Weerasethakul’s. This may be due partly to the fact that most Thai films before then had been shot on 16-mm. color-reversal stock, with no original negative to print from. (If you can’t make a print, you can’t get your movie to the West, which remains the superpower when it comes to distribution.)
...is a pretty inadequate explanation, since Mysterious Object at Noon was itself shot on 16mm reversal stock, and in any case the Thai film industry switched to 35mm in the '70s. Plus it's perfectly possible to make prints from reversal stock, though given the way the industry operated during that period it wouldn't surprise me if it was common to just project an edited camera master.

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