Minneapolis-St. Paul residents have a chance to get a unique look at Thailand without having to board a Northwest flight bound for Bangkok.
Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is in the Twin Cities showcasing virtually all of his films, according to various press reports, including the Pioneer Press (registration required), the Star Tribune (sorry, no link) and the City Pages.
He's screening Blissfully Yours and his mockumentary Mysterious Object at Noon as well as his Cannes-winning Tropical Malady and Haunted Houses, "a freakishly moving prank of a film in which Thai villagers enact melodramatic scenes from a popular TV soap opera".
Apichatpong, or Joe, as he is sometimes called, has also been in San Francisco screening his films. The Chronicle did a big-ass interview with him that serves as a pretty good overview of the Thai cinema scene.
(Cross-published at Rotten Tomatoes)