A Director Who Can Recall His Past Lives
In the 10 months since Apichatpong Weerasethakulâ€™s film â€œUncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Livesâ€ was awarded the Palme dâ€™Or â€” the top prize â€” at last yearâ€™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 deathâ€™s threshold, his interactions with his wifeâ€™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 â€œUncle Boonmeeâ€ at Mondayâ€™s Asian Film Awards. He also is screening his new short film â€œM Hotel,â€ which is part of the Hong Kong International Film Festivalâ€™s â€œQuattro Hong Kong 2â€ project.
Over the past decade, Mr. Apichatpong has earned a reputation of one of Asiaâ€™s leading art-house directors. Films such as â€œBlissfully Yours,â€ â€œTropical Maladyâ€ and â€œSyndromes and a Centuryâ€ often take on dream-like qualities.