Alliance Française Bangkok is thrilled to present a very special weekend in the presence of Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Apichatpong grew up in Khon Kaen in north-eastern Thailand. He began making film and video shorts in 1994, and completed his first feature in 2000. He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998. Often non-linear, with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory, subtly addressed personal politics and social issues. His art projects and feature films have won him widespread recognition and numerous festival prizes, including the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival 2010.
The program will consist of two short film compilations selected by the Director, rarely shown in Thailand, a discussion about ghosts, cinema & society, to end with the special program “Echoes of French Cinema”: the indoor screening of a French film chosen by the Director will be followed by the outdoor screening of his own film.
FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER 20:00
| 120 THB / 60 THB (members)
83 min | In Thai with English subtitles
TH | 2005 to 2014 | Directed and selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Short films | DCP format
- The Anthem (5 minutes) / 2006
- Trailer for Cindi (1:21 minutes) / 2011
- Empire (2 minutes) / 2010
- Luminous People (15 minutes) / 2007
- Monsoon (3:11 minutes) / 2011
- Cactus River (10:09 minutes) / 2012
- Footprints (5:50 minutes)/ 2014
- Worldly Desires (42:32 minutes) / 2005
SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER
15:00 – 17:00 | Free entry (limited seats)
Moderated by Vimolnat Thongsaard, Visiting lecturer at College of Social Communication Innovation, Srinakharinwirot University (SWU), MA in Cinema and Audiovisual, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
18:00 | 120 THB / 60 THB (members)
94 min | In Thai with English subtitles
TH | 2001 to 2016 | Directed and selected by Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Short films | DCP format
- The Anthem (5 minutes) / 2006
- La Punta (1:33 minutes) / 2013
- Mobile Men (3:15 minutes) / 2008
- Ablaze (4:46 minutes)/ 2016
- Vampire (19 minutes)/ 2008
- Haunted Houses (60 minutes) / 2001
SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER
SPECIAL PROGRAM: ECHOES OF FRENCH CINEMA
Double screening of a French film selected by the Director, which had an influence over him, followed by the screening of one of his own films
16:00 | 120 THB / 60 THB (members)
105 min | In French with Thai and English subtitles
FRA | 1986 | Directed by Leos Carax, with Michel Piccoli, Juliette Binoche, Denis Lavant | Crime, Drama, Romance
In Paris in the near future. Aging thieves Marc and Hans owe money to a tough American woman who gives them two weeks to pay. They scheme to steal and sell a new serum for a disease that’s killing lovers, but they need someone with quick steady hands. They recruit Alex, a disaffected youth who’s breaking up with Lise, his 16-year-old girlfriend. In the few days before the theft, Alex becomes enchanted with Anna, Marc’s young mistress. They talk, they play, they sing, but she’s in love with Marc. Lise hasn’t given up on Alex either, and she comes to Paris on the day of the theft. There are double crosses, a daring rescue, and, for Alex, a waiting plane. Will he make it?
19 :00 | Free outdoor screening
102 min | In Thai with English subtitles
TH | 2003 | Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, with Banlop Lomnoi, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Huai Dessom | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | Format: 35 mm
Something magical is in the air. Times are happy and love is uncomplicated for young soldier Keng and country boy Tong. Pleasant evenings with Tong’s family, song-filled nights in town… Then life is disrupted by a disappearance. And some kind of wild beast has been slaughtering cows. Local legends say a human can somehow be transformed into another creature… Then begins a tale of a soldier who goes alone into the heart of the jungle, where myth is often real.