Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (w/ Apichatpong Weerasethakul in person!)

This program is co-presented by the CalArts School of Film/Video, Film at REDCAT and Los Angeles Filmforum with support from Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

As the titular and ailing Uncle Boonmee anticipates his own death, he is launched into a meandering exploration of spiritualism and reincarnation, manifest in nighttime visits from spirits on his veranda. Richly rendered in a meditative, deep, dark nighttime infused with Weerasethakul’s trademark elements of fantasy, the film is as subdued as it is magical. At once an intimate familial tale and a ghost story, Uncle Boonmee stages encounters with a magnificent Bigfoot like creature (Boonmee’s long lost son), talking animals, a princess, and more, in a deluge of bizarre quiet moments. But despite it’s loose relationship to reality, the film is a tender and genuine one; as much as it eludes, it delights, with an expected—and welcome—matter of factness and humor.

Dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010, 35mm, 114 min.