01 Feb '11, 11am

#cannes 'You can sleep during my films': THAI director Apichatpong Weerasethakul became the first filmmaker from...

THAI director Apichatpong Weerasethakul became the first filmmaker from Southeast Asia to win the Palme d'Or (the equivalent of Best Picture) at the Cannes Film Festival 2010. He is one of only four Asian filmmakers to win the coveted top prize in the festival's 35 year history. His film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is a gentle, meditative piece about death and reincarnation, and has received mostly praise from the critics and arthouse film buffs. Now showing at the Picturehouse, the 2-hour film puts the audience in a relaxed state of mind for the first 90 minutes or so, before launching into a trippy, surrealistic final act. The humble filmmaker says it is okay to fall asleep during certain parts of the film and wake up later to watch the rest of it. Apichatpong says he does not wish to make films that employ slick editing and dynamic camerawork to keep aud...

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