Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave -- the birthplace of his first life... From the director of SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY, TROPICAL MALADY and BLISSFULLY YOURS.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul has come to be recognised as one of the most original voices in cinema today. His five feature films, short films and installations have won him widespread international recognition and numerous festival prizes, culminating in the winning of the Cannes Palme d'Or in 2010 with Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. His previous feature Syndromes and a Century (2006) was recognised as one of the best films of the last decade in several 2010 polls.
Apichatpong began making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature in 2000. Lyrical and often fascinatingly mysterious, his works are non-linear, dealing with memory and in subtle ways invoking personal politics and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he devotes himself to promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his production company Kick the Machine Films, founded in 1999.
Apichatpong has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998. His installations have included the multi-screen project Primitive (2009), which was complimented by Uncle Boonmee and which has been acquired for major museum collections and was presented at the Haus der Kunst, Munich, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and The New Museum, New York among others. He will make a major installation for the 2012 Kassel Documenta. His most recent projects include on-line films for Mubi (Ashes, 2012) and for the Walker Art Center in the USA (Three Wonders of the World, 2012).
2010 »Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives«
(Loong Boonmee Raleuk Chat)
2006 »Syndromes and a Century« (Sang Sattawat)
2004 »Tropical Malady« (Sud Pralad)
2003 »The Adventure Of Iron Pussy« (Huajai Toranong)
2002 »Blissfuly Yours« (Sud Sanaeha)
2000 »Mysterious Object at Noon« (Dokfar Nai Meu Marn)
Thanapat Saisaymar - Uncle Boonmee
Jenjira Pongpas - Jen
Sakda Kaewbuadee - Tong
Natthakarn Aphaiwonk - Huav (Boonmee's Wife)
Geerasak Kulhong - Boonsong (Boonmee's Son)
Screenplay: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Producers: Simon Field, Keith Griffiths, Charles de Meaux and Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Co-Producers: Hans W. Geissendoerfer, Luis Miñarro, Michael Weber
Directors of Photography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Yukontorn Mingmongkon, Charin Pengpanich
Sound Design: Akritchalerm Kalayanamitr, Shimizu Koichi
Editor: Lee Chatametikool
Production Design: Akekarat Homlaor
Set Design: Nitipong Thintubthai
Costume Design: Chatchai Chaiyon
Special Make-up: Achawan Pupawan
Line Producer: Suchada Sirithanawuddhi
Format: 35mm / 24fps / 1:1,85 / Color / Dolby Digital SRD
Length: 113 min
Original Language: Thai
Original title: Lung Boonmee Raluek Chat