With the release of each of his films, Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (1970–) claims a number of new converts. As viewers of his recent features Tropical Malady and Syndromes and a Century can attest, Apichatpong is one of the most original, and delightful, cinematic talents to have emerged in some time. His radical reinvention of the basic architecture of the fictional feature film is infused with warmth and humor, as well as a rigorous intelligence and a striking (and strikingly beautiful) visual style. The resulting work is eclectic and virtually impossible to categorize as it experiments skillfully with narrative and tone, continually subverting expectations, shifting as it does from comedy to drama, dark to light, lyric realism to… something stranger.
We are pleased to present a sampler of some of Apichatpong's earlier work, including a number of short films virtually unseen in this country and his second feature, the luminous Blissfully Yours.