Thursday, 24 March 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 101: Sun Apr 10

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Weerasethakul, 2010):
Tate Modern, 4pm



This is part of the series Tate Film Pioneers: Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Mirages which runs at the Tate from April 8th to 10th.
There's a special all-night screening of Weerasethakul's output on April 9th and you can find all the details here.

Chicago Reader review:
The dead speak with the living, animals speak to humans, and—thanks to a dense sound mix suggesting musique concrete—the northern Thai jungle just won't shut up in this hypnotic 2010 feature by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Blissfully Yours, Tropical Malady). The title character is a tranquil landowner in his mid-60s, attended to by an assistant and family members both living and dead as he slowly dies of kidney failure. In some previous films Weerasethakul used a two-part structure to convey his Buddhist belief in reincarnation; here he moves between worldly and spiritual realms with an eerie fluidity reminiscent of Alain Resnais. As is to be expected, Weerasethakul frequently abandons the story for trancelike contemplations of nature, but never before in his work has the device felt more purposeful. This isn't likely to convert those who find his work boring, but others may find the movie's spell comparable to prayer or peaceful dreaming.
Ben Sachs

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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