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A Director Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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In the 10 months since Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” was awarded the Palme d’Or — the top prize — at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Thai director has had little time to work on his next projects.

The 40-year-old filmmaker has traveled the world with the film, a mystical story about a man in rural Thailand on death’s threshold, his interactions with his wife’s ghost and long-lost adult son who returns in animal form, and his memories of earlier incarnations.

This week, Mr. Apichatpong is in Hong Kong, where he picked up the best-film trophy for “Uncle Boonmee” at Monday’s Asian Film Awards. He also is screening his new short film “M Hotel,” which is part of the Hong Kong International Film Festival’s “Quattro Hong Kong 2” project.

Over the past decade, Mr. Apichatpong has earned a reputation of one of Asia’s leading art-house directors. Films such as “Blissfully Yours,” “Tropical Malady” and “Syndromes and a Century” often take on dream-like qualities.

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