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Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Date of Birth: 16 Jul 1970

Country: Thailand

Biography: Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has 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 has been making films and videos since the early 90s.

Total Credits at Criticker: 3 (Actor), 33 (Director), 17 (Writer)

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    Blissfully Yours
    This film focuses on a Burmese refugee whose fate has linked him to the lives of two Thai women in a border town. (Kick the Machine)
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    Mysterious Object at Noon
    This film is an experimental mix of documentary and fiction. The film crew travels from the Thai countryside to Bangkok, asking the people they encounter along the way to continue a story about a handicapped boy and his teacher [IMDB]
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    Tropical Malady
    This lyrical and mysterious new film by maverick Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethaku chronicles the mystical love affair between a young soldier and the country boy he seduces, soon to be disrupted by the boy's sudden disappearance. (Strand Releasing)
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    Syndromes and a Century
    Set 40 years ago in a small town's hospital, juxtaposed with a similar hospital in the present day. It is a fictional recollection of the love and work of the filmmaker's parents before they finally became lovers, exploring both memories and everyday lives in two eras where a painfully shy young man is courting Dr. Aroon, and a young monk has an unexplained attraction to a dentist.
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    Hua jai tor ra nong
    A transvestite secret agent is sent on a mission to the Thai countryside. (imdb)
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    Worldly Desires
    A couple explores the jungle in search of a spiritual tree while a film crew shoots a musical number. (imdb)
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    O Estado do Mundo
    O Estado do Mundo is a compilation of 6 different short movies, retracting differents views of people above the world, showing people from different continents.
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    Thirdworld (1998) - Short Film
    This film depicts landscapes, metaphorically and actuality, of the southern island called Panyi. It reflects the impression of the shooting time at the island for several days. The sounds are taken from different sources, but all were recorded while the subjects were not aware of the recording apparatus. Thus, this piece may be called a re-constructed documentary. The title is intended as a parody of the word that is being used by the West to describe Thailand or other "exotic" landscapes. (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
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    Stories on Human Rights
    Short films inspired by the UDHR.
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    A Letter to Uncle Boonmee
    A filmmaker captures images that characterize the violence and repression as well as the hope of rebirth and remembrance in northeastern Thailand. (imdb)
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    Phantoms of Nabua
    A fluorescent tube illuminates an empty playground in the evening. Nearby a flash of light is projected on a makeshift screen. This outdoor movie is a portrait of a village repeatedly struck by lightning. As night falls, the silhouette figures of young men emerge, they are playing with a football raging with fire. (Animate Project)
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    Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
    On his deathbed, Uncle Boonmee, recalls his many past lives.
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    Empire (2010) - Short Film
    Empire shows images, in which time has lost itself. There are scenes of archaic violence and futuristic impressions at the same time: a diver gropes along the black sea bottom, afterwards in a acve, apparently deep under the earth, bizarre lumps of rocks, tentacles and shells are being studied under stroboscopic light, accompanied by the noise of indefinable machines. (MUBI)
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    Mekong Hotel
    Mekong Hotel is a portrait of a hotel near the Mekong River in the north-east of Thailand. The river there marks the border between Thailand and Laos. In the bedrooms and terraces, Apichatpong held a rehearsal with his crew for a movie that he wrote years ago called Ecstasy Garden. The film shuffles different realms, fact and fiction, expressing the bonds between a vampire-like mother and her daughter, the young lovers and the river. (mubi.com)
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    Ashes (2012) - Short Film
    In Ashes, which was shot almost entirely on the LomoKino with a digital finale, Apichatpong contemplates love, pleasure, and the destruction of memory. The surroundings of everyday life are shared with extreme intimacy. For Apichatpong, Thailand, while full of beauty, is slowly collapsing into darkness. (mubi.com)
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    3.11 Sense of Home
    In memory of the Japanese earthquake on 3.11, each director presents a 3 minute and 11 second short film in tribute to those who were lost that day.
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    Vampire (2008) - Short Film
    A film crew go in search of Nok Phii - a rare bird which feeds on the blood of other creatures. (imdb)
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    Haiku (2009) - Short Film
    Short film for Visions du Rèel 2009.
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    M Hotel
    M Hotel (2011) - Short Film
    M Hotel is a portrait of a hotel. Two boys take pictures in a room. But the sound deeply disturbs the vision, opening terrifying narrative scenarios. (KG)
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    The Anthem
    The Anthem (2006) - Short Film
    The Anthem is a celebration of filmmaking and the viewing experience. In Thailand, before every cinema film screening, there will be a Royal Anthem before the feature presentation. The purpose is to honour the King. It is one of the rituals imbedded in Thai society to give a blessing to something or someone before certain ceremonies. The Anthem presents a 'Cinema Anthem' that praises and blesses the approaching feature for each screening. (KG)
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    Cactus River
    Cactus River (2012) - Short Film
    Cactus River is a diary of the time I visited the couple--of the various temperaments of the water and the wind. The flow of the two rivers--Nach and the Mekong, activates my memories of the place where I shot several films. Over many years, this woman whose name was once Jenjira has introduced me to this river, her life, its history, and to her belief about its imminent future. (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
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    Cemetery of Splendor
    Cemetery of Splendour is a 2015 Thai drama film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The plot revolves around a spreading epidemic of sleeping sickness. Spirits appear to the stricken and hallucination becomes indistinguishable from reality.
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    Morakot (2008) - Short Film
    Morakot is a derelict and defunct hotel in the heart of Bangkok that opened its doors in the 1980's: a time when Thailand shifted gears into accelerated economic industrialization and a time when Cambodians poured into Thai refugee camps after the invasion of Vietnamese forces. It was a hosting time. Later, when the East Asian financial crisis struck in 1997, these reveries collapsed. (imdb)
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    Vapour (2015) - Short Film
    The clouds descend onto a village and engulf it for a day. They touch the roof tiles, the beds, the chairs, the carpets, the grass, and the bodies, infecting everything with the fever of white stupor. (Letterboxd)
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    Blue (2018) - Short Film
    An insomniac lies in bed as theatrical backdrops unveil themselves and her sheet catches aflame. (imdb)
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    Ten Years Thailand
    Ten Years Thailand is a 2018 Thai independent dystopian anthology film. Based in format on the 2015 Hong Kong film Ten Years, its four segments each offers the director's speculative take on a dystopian Thailand in 2028. (wiki)
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    Monsoon (2011) - Short Film
    On of the night the news of Japan's devastating earthquake, alone and far from home a man skyped his lover on the other side of the world. No words came - the man discovered a firefly and showed it to his partner.
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    The Palace
    The Palace (2010) - Short Film
    A red dog by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
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    A woman from Scotland, while traveling in Colombia, begins to notice strange sounds. Soon she begins to think about their appearance. (imdb)
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    Nimit (2007) - Short Film
    In the early 2007, The Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, under the Ministry of Culture contacted me to make a moving image about the king.... After much pondering, I decided to make a film on the subject that I know of: my life - my mother, my nephew, my niece, my brother, my sister, my lover, my dog, my room, my favourite landscapes, and other things including my light. (Kickthemachine.com)
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    The Year of the Everlasting Storm
    Featuring seven stories from seven auteurs from around the world, the film chronicles this unprecedented moment in time, and is a true love letter to the power of cinema and its storytellers.
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    Mobile Men
    Mobile Men (2018) - Short Film
    Features the filmmaker operating the camera himself, riding in the back of a pickup truck as it speeds down the highway with two other men. (imdb)
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    Night Colonies
    Night Colonies (2021) - Short Film
    A macro view of the microorganisms that flock to lamps in the darkness. (imdb)
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