Films byTexts by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul (1970) is a Thai film director, writer, and installation artist who works outside the strict Thai studio system. His feature films include Sud pralad [Tropical Malady] (2004), Loong Boonmee raleuk chat [Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives], winner of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or prize, and Rak ti Khon Kaen [Cemetery of Splendour] (2015). His films experiment with the dramatic plot structure of Thai television, radio programs, comics and films. He often uses improvised dialogues and non-professional actors, exploring the boundaries between documentary and fiction. His company Kick the Machine, founded in 1999, actively promotes experimental and independent films.

Mysterious Object at Noon
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2000, 83’

Inspired by the Surrealist concept of the exquisite corpse game, the film crew travels from village to village in Thailand, asking various people they encounter to build upon a tale and advance its storyline in whatever way they like, each one picking up where the previous one left off.

Tropical Malady
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004, 118’

A romance between a soldier and a country boy, wrapped around a Thai folk-tale involving a shaman with shape-shifting abilities.


Cemetery of Splendour
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015, 122’

Soldiers in a small town in northern Thailand are struck with a mysterious sleeping sickness and are transferred to a temporary clinic in a former school. 


Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2021, 136’

A British botanist from Scotland travels to Bogotá where she becomes transfixed by a strange and haunting noise. Trying to trace its origins, she finds her connection to her surroundings slowly unraveling instead.