One of the ingrained rituals in Thai society is the blessing automatically given before certain ceremonies and events such as the playing of the Royal Anthem in movie theaters before feature presentations. This short presents a "Cinema Anthem" which comically praises and blesses the feature to come.
Windows is an improvisation using a little physical movement to capture natural phenomena through the camera eye's mechanism. – AW
Malee and the BoyDirected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Thailand, 1999, digital video, color, 27 min.
A collaborative project made with a 10 year-old boy who roamed around Bangkok, gathering sounds for the film as the filmmaker followed the boy’s route with a camera. The narrative of the film, presented in texts, is taken from a Thai comic book that was available around the location in which filming took place.
Like the Relentless Fury of the Pounding WavesDirected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Thailand, 1995, digital video, color, 30 min.
This documentary leisurely examines the shifting focus of image and sound. On a hot day in a small town a mystical radio fills the air. Lives are trapped in the time of the radio play, of the photograph, and of the film.
Thirdworld depicts the landscapes, metaphorical and actual, of the southern island Panyi. The sounds are taken from different sources, but all were recorded without the subjects' awareness of the recording apparatus. Thus, this piece may be called a re-constructed documentary.
0116643225059Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Thailand, 1994, digital video, color, 5 min.
As images of a photograph and an apartment interior alternate, a telephone conversation links the two spaces.
In Ghost of Asia, the filmmakers imagine a ghost who wanders around the seashore. On a Thai island, two boys and a girl are invited to make a movie. The kids are provided with an actor whose function is to be a puppet, to perform the tasks dictated by them.
An impression of a jewelry collection by Victoire de Castellane, whose pieces are inspired by various types of dangerous flowers and carnivorous plants, each piece having a hidden mechanical movement. The film is also a tribute to Weerasethakul's mother's garden: its wild orchid roots, bugs and various organisms.
Worldly Desires is an experimental project wherein I invited a filmmaker friend, Pimpaka Towira, to shoot the love story by day and the song by night… The video is a little simulation of manners, dedicated to the memories of filmmaking in the jungle during the years 2001-2005. – AW