IFFR KINO #3: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

This edition: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Thai film maker and IFFR-favorite Apichatpong Weerasethakul weaves unconventional film forms and narrative structures in order to unfold a mysterious, layered and funny story to the viewer. In this case, an unprecedented reflection on spirituality and reincarnation.

The appearance of his deceased wife and the reincarnation of his lost son is making Uncle Boonmee realise that  the end is near. Surrounded by his family, he retreats to the countryside, where he attempts to remember his past lives. He is visited by the ghosts of his ancestors during a tropical night. They manifest in all forms and in all friendliness.

Weerasethakul, one of the few Thai filmmakers working outside the strict Thai studio system, is closely associated with IFFR. Not only did we show almost all his films; both his debut as well as Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives and his most recent film Cemetery of Splendour (2015) were supported by our own Hubert Bals Fund. Weerasethakul will receive the prestigious Prince Claus Award on December 15.

The evening will be initiated by the film producer and former IFFR director Simon Field. From 1996 to 2004 he stood at the helm of the festival and in that capacity he was one of the first to be acquainted with Weerasethakul extraordinary work. He then produced several of his films, including Syndromes and a Century (2006), Mekong Hotel (2012) and Cemetery of Splendour (2015).

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