Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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I liked Mysterious Object quite a bit. I am excited about Tropical Malady. I am waiting for Blissfully Yours.

He seems very shy in interview.

What do you think?

eat my replacement (nordicskilla), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 18:20 (sixteen years ago) link

I think he needs to come out of his shell and start using more green in his work.

Lara (Lara), Tuesday, 5 July 2005 18:23 (sixteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Saw Tropical Malady. Didn't really like it. :(

Blissfully Yours arrived in the mail today. It looks interesting.

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 21 July 2005 21:45 (sixteen years ago) link

i hope "weerasethakulian" becomes a film-snob buzzword.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 21 July 2005 21:46 (sixteen years ago) link

also he attended the art institute of chicago, along with hong sang-soo. i find this sort of remarkable.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 21 July 2005 21:47 (sixteen years ago) link

"mysterious object" was awesome, haven't seen the others - is "tropical malady" in theaters or on dvd?

Banana Nutrament (ghostface), Thursday, 21 July 2005 22:04 (sixteen years ago) link

It got a limited US theater release last Friday, but I'm sure you could get an import DVD.

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Thursday, 21 July 2005 22:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Loved Tropical Malady, haven't seen the others.
"Apichatpongian".

Matt #2 (Matt #2), Thursday, 21 July 2005 22:33 (sixteen years ago) link

I loved Tropical Malady, really liked Blissfully Yours... sort of hated Mysterious Object.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Thursday, 21 July 2005 22:52 (sixteen years ago) link

i think we will soon have every possible permutation

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 21 July 2005 23:08 (sixteen years ago) link

A timely thread revival: I just watched Mysterious Object last night. What a cool movie. I liked it better than Tropical Malady, although I didn't dislike that -- it was interesting, and the juxtaposition of the two stories worked better than I might have expected. It was a little flat in places, though. I haven't seen Blissfully Yours, is that in Netflix yet?

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Thursday, 21 July 2005 23:24 (sixteen years ago) link

possibilities include:

- haven't seen it
- have seen it, like it
- have seen it, don't like it

we have three films

3 x 3 x 3 = 27

c'mon this shouldn't be too hard

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Thursday, 21 July 2005 23:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Doesn't Iron Pussy at least throw some fractions into the math?

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 22 July 2005 03:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Does AW have a boyfriend? I sort of want to lick his palm.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 22 July 2005 03:56 (sixteen years ago) link

Eric, you dog. Will you call him Joe?

Blissfully Yours > Tropical Malady > Mysterious Object

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 July 2005 18:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Still have Blissfully Yours at home, I bought it on import form Thailand. Thai writing is beautiful.

Iron Pussy was...a collaboration with someone, no?

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Friday, 22 July 2005 18:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Eric, what did you hate about Mysterious Object?

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Friday, 22 July 2005 18:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Awaiting Eric's response, I found it (on first and only viewing) soporific, which is somewhat true of Tropical Malady's second half too.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 22 July 2005 18:35 (sixteen years ago) link

I can see that. I didn't have that problem with Mysterious Object but certainly with the second half of TM.

Adam In Real Life (nordicskilla), Friday, 22 July 2005 18:51 (sixteen years ago) link

I thought Mysterious Object was pretty well engaging start to finish. Some of the longer stretches of the "narrative" part got wobbly, but he usually didn't let them go on too long. The folktale half of Malady does drone on, but I mostly enjoyed it. I saw it in an almost empty theater in midafternoon, and it was a kind of pleasantly hazy experience.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 22 July 2005 19:46 (sixteen years ago) link

I liked the structure, but gave up caring about the content of the narrative after a couple baton tosses. Started nodding off a half hour in...

I'll try again, but I thought it was telling that I was galvanized during Blissfully Yours and I saw that the same evening.

Eric H. (Eric H.), Friday, 22 July 2005 19:47 (sixteen years ago) link

But the content of the narrative is pretty secondary, really. It's more about the people he meets and the different ways they respond when he asks them to tell stories. And then I love toward the end when the little local theater troupe or whatever they are actually acts out part of the storyline. I dunno, I guess I found the whole thing pretty charming and also not incidentally fascinating as a Thai travelogue.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Friday, 22 July 2005 20:16 (sixteen years ago) link

five months pass...
I just finished Tropical Malady. The second half is indeed a chore to sit through.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Monday, 2 January 2006 15:31 (sixteen years ago) link

I forget -- the tiger married Anne Hathaway, right?

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 January 2006 20:35 (sixteen years ago) link

"That Thai jungle got us good."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Monday, 2 January 2006 22:42 (sixteen years ago) link

It's the Brokeback Mountain of Thai folkloric hero quests.

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 2 January 2006 22:45 (sixteen years ago) link

(doh, that's what Morbius was saying. sorry. i haven't seen BBMtn. yet, so i keep forgetting anne hathaway is in it)

gypsy mothra (gypsy mothra), Monday, 2 January 2006 22:46 (sixteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...
Blissfully Yours - still sat on my DVD shelf, wrapped in cellophane.

adamrl (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 1 February 2006 19:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Receptionist at work "Adam, you have a MYSTERIOUS package wrapped in brown paper, delivered from Thailand, waiting for you at the front desk."

ummmmm...

Mysterious Object Delivered At Noon?

adamrl (nordicskilla), Wednesday, 1 February 2006 19:41 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
OK, I liked Malady a lot more the second time. And Joe just did a "live commentary" to its DVD in SF a few weeks ago, some very interesting stuff for fans...

His latest just opened last week in NYC and is already down to 2 shows a day.

Dr Morbius, Thursday, 26 April 2007 20:37 (fifteen years ago) link

God, his films never fail to put me to sleep. I saw Tropical Malady and Blissfully yours and after an hour or so I was in that weird state where you're half-awake, half-asleep. Which is why I really like his films even though I've never managed to see one till the end. There is such a sense of peacefulness that lulls you.

Jibe, Thursday, 26 April 2007 21:18 (fifteen years ago) link

I missed the PFA thing, very diappointing. Syndromes And A Century screened in SF a few weeks ago.

admrl, Thursday, 26 April 2007 21:21 (fifteen years ago) link

syndromes = my favourite movie of 2006.

s1ocki, Thursday, 26 April 2007 21:28 (fifteen years ago) link

well, it only played festivals in '06, so that kinda doesn't count. Kinda.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 27 April 2007 16:13 (fifteen years ago) link

I bet s1ocki saw it at Toronto!

Hey Morbius do we have a gerneric rolling film festivals thread? I am going to see "Opera Jawa" at the SFIFF tonight. Let's talk festivals.

admrl, Friday, 27 April 2007 16:18 (fifteen years ago) link

no, I think ppl start threads when their local fests start rolling.

I am excited that I will have an excuse to go to the Castro Theater on my visit, as they'll be showing Herrmann-scored films.

Dr Morbius, Friday, 27 April 2007 16:20 (fifteen years ago) link

that's awesome!

did you go to sf indie this year adam?

s1ocki, Friday, 27 April 2007 16:22 (fifteen years ago) link

No, I intended to but never made it. I am going to a few things at this festival though.

admrl, Friday, 27 April 2007 16:24 (fifteen years ago) link

I though Blissfully Yours was on disc already, but Strand is releasing it tomw.

Dr Morbius, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:40 (fifteen years ago) link

I bought it on import DVD and the girl at the front desk at work wondered why I was receiving brown parcels from Thailand.

admrl, Monday, 7 May 2007 20:41 (fifteen years ago) link

duh show her this!!!

http://www.briancbennett.com/charts/fed-data/thc-content/thc-content-thai-stick.gif

FACTS

s1ocki, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 01:42 (fifteen years ago) link

DVD Beaver thinks it's cut.

Eric H., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 04:25 (fifteen years ago) link

stop calling yourself DVD Beaver and referring to yourself in the third person.

s1ocki, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 04:28 (fifteen years ago) link

... I think the DVD might be cut as well.

Eric H., Tuesday, 8 May 2007 04:31 (fifteen years ago) link

like, why? someone in Focus on the Family has Thai auteurs who put the opening credits in the middle of their films on their radar? Joe protests when his native gov't wants to cut his movies, but not his US distributor?

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 13:10 (fifteen years ago) link

This guy is super awesome. OTM on invoking trance state.

forksclovetofu, Tuesday, 8 May 2007 13:13 (fifteen years ago) link

syndromes = my favourite movie of 2006.

After one viewing?

Some arresting stuff, but the second half is as baffling as anything he's done. Armond White has a point or two on Too Much Too Soon.

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 14:14 (fifteen years ago) link

hey s1ocki,, was that female doc who took her liquor out of the prosthetic leg one of the potsmoking ladies from Malady?

Dr Morbius, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 20:46 (fifteen years ago) link

how many times do i have to see it?

i have it on dvd anyway

s1ocki, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 20:56 (fifteen years ago) link

i'm not sure if it is!

s1ocki, Wednesday, 9 May 2007 20:56 (fifteen years ago) link

saw Blissfullly Yours again, it was as beautiful as I remembered. I liked what Nathan Lee had to say about it, that instead of resolving the story it “deliquesces into a state of feeling.” Between Blissfully Yours, Tropical Malady, Uncle Boonmee and Cemetery of Splendour it’s hard for me to pick a favorite! I didn’t love Syndromes and a Century quite as much as those on first viewing but I need to watch it again. Haven’t yet seen Mysterious Object at Noon

Dan S, Thursday, 25 October 2018 23:10 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

From Sight and Sound:

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Memoria sees the Thai director filming a feature outside his native country for the first time, and working with a name Western cast. It stars Tilda Swinton, Jeanne Balibar and Daniel Giménez Cacho (Zama) and is set in Colombia, where Apichatpong teamed up with a local crew and his longstanding director of photography Sayombhu Mukdeeprom. Memoria is about an archaeologist, a fish scaler and a woman plagued by strange sounds. The director talked about the film in this email interview.
Jonathan Romney: What has the experience been like working outside your usual domain
of Thai landscape and mythology?

Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Enjoyable, liberating. Still, I approached the new place similarly to when I work in Thailand. I appreciate everyday life’s details, a sense of perpetual transformation, the decay. They are universal.

JR: Why did you decide to work with
Tilda Swinton and Jeanne Balibar?

AW: I have been friends with them for
many years. I wrote the script with them
in mind. We share the love of a particular cinema, and we wanted to be in a place
that is foreign to us, to open our senses.

JR: How did you first discover Colombia, and what fascinated you about the country?

AW: It started when I was young with the stories of the Amazon, the Inca, and Gabriel García Marquez. Later, I had a chance to visit Mexico, Peru, then Colombia. I learned about the country and was struck by the land that links with violence and greed and people’s perseverance.

JR: Archaeology features in the film – is
that what the title Memoria is about?

AW: Yes. Intermixed layers of memories.

JR: Given the story, does sound
design figure heavily?

AW: One hundred per cent!

Jonathan Romney

Good taste, bit Victorian but who isn't? (jed_), Sunday, 12 January 2020 13:08 (two years ago) link

Second palm secured.

Frederik B, Sunday, 12 January 2020 13:12 (two years ago) link

will see this the first instance i can!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 12 January 2020 16:59 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

This seems like the kind of gimmick you might come up with if you think the film you’ve acquired might be poorly received.
https://t.co/w4An1IXuTW?amp=1

Chris L, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 18:02 (eight months ago) link

Sounds like this is going to be Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Captain Eo.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 18:44 (eight months ago) link

I'm going to see it

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 19:18 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

New one has a couple of longueurs but measures up to the last two but with a return to the Uncle Boonmee spooks.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 4 December 2021 16:44 (six months ago) link

The last 30 minutes are among his best, most sustained filmmaking. I was holding my breath.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 4 December 2021 16:45 (six months ago) link

How do you find out where/when this is screening?

Chris L, Saturday, 4 December 2021 17:15 (six months ago) link

I got the Neon screeners #firstworldproblems

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 4 December 2021 19:10 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

ok lol

https://i.imgur.com/fK1mVYp.jpg

wins, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 20:25 (three months ago) link

I wanted to ask does anyone know who the jazzy sort of postrocky band were in this

wins, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 20:27 (three months ago) link

No DC-area dates yet. AFI better be planning a massive retrospective in collaboration with the Freer Gallery, or whatever they're called now.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 22:09 (three months ago) link

three weeks pass...

https://silver.afi.com/Browsing/Movies/Details/f-0100003400

Memoria opens at AFI Silver for a one-week run on Friday, April 8. I'm going to the Sunday afternoon screening; will anyone else be catching it there?

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Thursday, 7 April 2022 16:32 (two months ago) link

i'm seeing memoria tonight for its final night at ifc :)

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 7 April 2022 16:33 (two months ago) link

you know what, they're right, i shouldn't be able to watch this movie at home

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 8 April 2022 02:39 (two months ago) link

it is showing at the Roxie in SF right now, through Tuesday

Dan S, Friday, 8 April 2022 02:55 (two months ago) link

i shouldn't be able to watch this movie at home

They said the same about Captain Eo

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 8 April 2022 11:38 (two months ago) link

I watched this movie at home and it still amazed me.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 April 2022 12:04 (two months ago) link

same here but i don’t think i’ve ever heard rain sound so amazing and lifelike in a film as i did watching this in a theater

what i’m saying is if this drops into a theater near you alfred go see it again. i certainly will be when it returns to new york

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Friday, 8 April 2022 13:24 (two months ago) link

I'm glad I'm waiting for it to arrive at the Walker, even if it means waiting until almost July.

Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Friday, 8 April 2022 13:28 (two months ago) link

thx for the heads up on the DC showing. will be going tonight.

circa1916, Friday, 8 April 2022 13:53 (two months ago) link

yeah likewise. going to the early screening on monday so i don't have to get a babysitter

Heez, Friday, 8 April 2022 13:59 (two months ago) link

playing in LA 4/29 thru 5/5 at the Los Feliz 3

https://www.americancinematheque.com/now-showing/memoria-5-5-22-10pm/

donna rouge, Friday, 8 April 2022 14:17 (two months ago) link

This was beautiful, loved it. That entire last act with Hernan in particular was a total dream. Walking out into the real world afterwards, the sound of the city took on a new kind of resonance. So much of this is sound. Which is why…

I almost lost my fucking mind about 15 minutes into this when some dude directly behind me and to the right began to aggressively shovel his hand into his popcorn bag, slurp soda, and rattle some kind of candy out of a box INCESSANTLY for what seemed like almost 30 minutes straight. In a small theater during a movie that’s frequently pin drop quiet. I wanted to absolutely throttle him. Like who goes to a Weerasethakul movie and gets The Marvel Super Platter and goes at it like they haven’t seen food in a week?

But yeah, go see this and please eat beforehand.

circa1916, Saturday, 9 April 2022 00:59 (two months ago) link

Risk COVID if you must.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 9 April 2022 01:25 (two months ago) link

Apparently Memoria is being held over at AFI for a second week. I didn't think that was possible under the distributors' terms? (The Sunday afternoon screening I went to was sold out, and the programmers were struggling to make room for more screenings that week.)

And THIS to what everyone has been saying about the sound. By the last act my fellow audience was riveted.

Infanta Terrible (j.lu), Thursday, 14 April 2022 13:14 (two months ago) link

I'm glad I'm waiting for it to arrive at the Walker, even if it means waiting until almost July.

― Max Hamburgers (Eric H.), Friday, April 8, 2022 8:28 AM (six days ago) bookmarkflaglink

same!

budo jeru, Thursday, 14 April 2022 15:27 (two months ago) link

The “only playing one city at a time for a week” release schedule was apparently abandoned by the US distributor (sez Wiki).

xp

circa1916, Friday, 15 April 2022 00:35 (two months ago) link

Everyone was handed a film strip with scenes from the movie upon entrance at my AFI screening. Nice lil memento.

circa1916, Friday, 15 April 2022 00:51 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

I'm still sort of in disbelief about how astonishingly good this was

Attached by piercing jewelry (bernard snowy), Friday, 10 June 2022 13:05 (three weeks ago) link

The best thing he's done since Tropical Malady IMO.

Chris L, Friday, 10 June 2022 13:44 (three weeks ago) link

Words cannot express how disappointed I was that no fish were eaten

Attached by piercing jewelry (bernard snowy), Friday, 10 June 2022 15:44 (three weeks ago) link

Finally got a chance to see Memoria yesterday, my wife and I loved it. It's still unfolding in my mind, it's a hard movie to say anything concrete about because so much of it seems to exist at the edge of perception. A movie you feel more than see, in a way. I know what Alfred means up above about holding his breath, it's so full of resonance even/especially when nothing is visibly happening. (And then when something does happen it's ... nothing you'd expect.) Lovely mysterious movie.

Afterward we had to stop by Target, and because it was 6:30 on a holiday Monday evening, the store was weirdly depopulated. We both commented after a few minutes that we felt like we were still in the movie, floating down these clean empty aisles.

Walking out into the real world afterwards, the sound of the city took on a new kind of resonance.

Yes, exactly.

i'm annoyed at myself for missing this when it came to our art house a few weeks ago.

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 21:22 (one week ago) link

should i just watch it at home or is too much of the effect lost that way?

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 21:24 (one week ago) link

If Joe ever actually releases it to home video, I'd totally recommend it — but for sure the big-screen immersion is important.

I watched it at home. It didn't open in South Florida.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 21:39 (one week ago) link

I've had a screener for the last half year that I've been avoiding. I finally get a chance to see it in theaters this Friday.

Eggs Benedick (Eric H.), Tuesday, 21 June 2022 23:09 (one week ago) link

played at a cinema 40min away from me in canada but the border crossing rules were still too tight for me to get there, no Weerasethakul exemptions. no sign of it coming around again anytime soon so just gonna download it and just watch it at home. feel like it might be a fun one to watch with headphones.

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 22 June 2022 13:38 (one week ago) link

Yeah as noted above the sound is really essential, even in the long quiet sections.

Just got tickets to see it outside at the local gardens where we walk the dogs a few times per week. Very stoked.

broccoli rabe thomas (the table is the table), Sunday, 26 June 2022 22:35 (six days ago) link

i had planned to see this at the walker art center in mpls but just realized it was THIS weekend and not the upcoming one :(

budo jeru, Sunday, 26 June 2022 23:30 (six days ago) link

hmm i guess it's also playing in duluth at the beginning of august

budo jeru, Sunday, 26 June 2022 23:34 (six days ago) link

As far as I'm concerned, the "must be seen in a theater" gimmick was no more true of this than any of his other films. This has a particular sound mix and narrative rhythm, but so do a lot of movies that aren't subjected to such theatrical-only gatekeeping. This is the best film of 2021 I've seen -- a total beauty -- and is more accessible than the release pattern and reviews might let on. See it on a smart fridge if you have to.

Chris L, Monday, 27 June 2022 13:16 (five days ago) link

haha thx

the cat needs to start paying for its own cbd (map), Monday, 27 June 2022 13:23 (five days ago) link

Apparently MUBI will be streaming it in some countries starting August 5. I'll see it in a cinema if I ever get the chance, but I have no regrets/apologies for watching it at home. I'm too far from anywhere.

WmC, Monday, 27 June 2022 13:31 (five days ago) link

I agree that "must see in a theater" is no more true here than his films in general (or lots of movies, obviously, particularly ones that demand/reward slow careful attention). I've seen three of his movies in theater — Tropical Malady, Uncle Boonmee and this — and all were definitely enhanced by the experience. But I've also liked the ones I've watched at home. (I do really wish I could see Blissfully Yours on a big screen.)


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