APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL

 

b.1970, Bangkok, Thailand
Lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is a key figure in recent Thai film and a highly original moving-image artist. He studied architecture at Khon Kaen University before completing a Master of Fine Arts in filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Influenced by American experimental film, Weerasethakul is one of a small group of independent filmmakers working outside the Thai studio system; his video installations, short and feature films explore the genres of documentary and fiction in uniquely Thai contexts. Thai television, radio and comics provide story elements that may be enacted or embroidered by the characters that drive Weerasethakul’s films. He uses the natural world and location shooting to construct a world in which sensory experience is heightened and metaphoric associations abound. APT5 will present the Australian premiere of Syndromes and a Century (2006), first shown at the Venice International Film Festival in September 2006.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul was awarded the Jury Prize at Cannes for Tropical Malady (2004) and the Prix Un Certain Regard for Blissfully Yours (2003). His other awards include the Dutch Film Critics Award at Rotterdam International Film Festival (2003) and the FIPRESCI Prize (The International Film Critics Award) at Buenos Aires Film Festival (2003). He established an independent production company, Kick the Machine, in 1999.  Screening details are available on the filmmakers page.

Australian Cinémathèque, GoMA

A full-colour publication is available from the Gallery Store.

Apichatpng Weerasethakul
'Production still from Blissfully Yours (Sud Sanaeha)', 2002