Apichatpong Weerasethakul: You don’t have to understand everything
Apichatpong Weerasethakul has been asked to explain himself a lot in recent months.
One reason is that his new film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, won the Palme D’Or at the Cannes film festival this May, surprising most of the world’s critics
Not everyone adores Weerasethakul’s jumping-monkey logic. Alongside the critical adulation, his films are frequently accused of being wilfully confusing, impenetrable, pointless and boring – one critic renamed Uncle Boonmee “Uncle bong hit”.
“For me, film-making is still young,” he says. “It still has room to grow, and now it’s still attached to other kinds of art, like literature, or theatre.”