Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

He was born in 1970, Bangkok. He grew up in Khon Kaen, which is a rural area in the north east of Thailand. He graduated from The school of the Art Institute of Chicago, a film school in America. He made a lot of shot films and videos since 1990s. He is considered an independent filmmaker who works outside the film studio system. He is one of the first successful independent filmmakers in Thailand. His works are all in the experimental form. He experimented with the non-linear storytelling. He often includes his personal perspective toward Thailand in his films. Most of his inspiration are from the small rural towns in Thailand. He always uses the non-profressional actors and improvised dialogue without storyboard and written script. He once said that the mood of his film is depended on his mood at that moment. It is hard to tell whether his works are in documentary form or fiction form.

His first feature is Dokfa nai meuman (2000). This film received many good review and awards ( Un Certain Regard prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival) and even was considered one of the best film in 2000 by the Film Comment and the Village Voice. However, his currently most successful work is his film Tropical Malady (2004). Which won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

His other interesting works are

2006 – Syndromes and a Century

2004 – Tropical Fish

2003 – The Adventure of Iron Pussy

2002 – Blissfully Yours


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