Thai Film Captures Top Prize at 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Demonstrating Strength of the Thai Film Industry



LOS ANGELES, CA, June 4, 2010 – When the mystical film by Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the highest prize last month at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival– the Palme d’Or – it demonstrated the strength of Thailand’s film industry, according to Thai Trade Center, Los Angeles Executive Director Chantira Vivatrat.

“This latest success by Apichatpong, in a nearly 20-year-career, is testimony to his artistic vision and talent and to the diversity and strength of Thailand’s film industry,” Mrs. Vivatrat said.

The film spins a tale of Boonmee, dying from kidney failure in a remote forest in Thailand, as he reviews his previous lives and encounters his dead wife, a lost son (now a simian ghost), and a princess, among others.

Apichatpong was awarded the Palme d’Or May 23, 2010 by a jury that included U.S. director Tim Burton and actors Benicio Del Toro and Kate Beckinsale.

Guardian Film Critic Peter Bradshaw called Uncle Boonmee a “visionary film in the director’s characteristic style: mysterious, dreamlike, gentle, quiet, magical. It has elements that are at first glance absurd, and at second or third glance, too, come to that. But they are beguiling and beautiful as well: the extended, wordless opening sequence in which a water buffalo appears to break free from its rope and roam the plains and forests of north-east Thailand at dusk is superbly filmed.”

Born July 16, 1970, in Bangkok, Apichatpong has another 19 films and videos to his credit, including Ghost of Asia, Phantoms of Nabua, Tropical Malady, and The Adventure of Iron Pussy.

With its natural beauty and talented artists and crews, Thailand is an excellent place for filmmaking, Mrs. Vivatrat said.  Thailand’s growing entertainment industry also offers excellent pre- and post- production, contents and out sourcing services, as well as expertise in animation and 3D.

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4 Responses to “Thai Film Captures Top Prize at 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Demonstrating Strength of the Thai Film Industry”

  1. Entertaining article. Thank you

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