Palme d’Or winner 2010.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’ cemented his international reputation after a series of features that include ‘Syndromes and a Century’, ‘Tropical Malady’ and ‘Blissfully Yours’.
Suffering from kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the remote forest, an important place from his childhood and, he believes, the possible location of his former existences. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and the spirit of his long lost son returns. It’s haunting, poetic and masterful, creating an enchanted world where fauna and flora converge to convey a magical, sublime atmosphere.
"The eerie scene of the ghost creature coming out of the woods and joining the family at the table blew me away. Thinking about it still makes the hairs on the back of my head behave like they are at a 90s illegal rave. Weerasethakul is a true original. I admire his disrespect for anything that is established so much." - Tom Geens