Recent awards news about Apichatpong Weerasethakul and his Cannes Palme d'Or winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives:
- It won the Best Cinematography prize in the Muhr AsiaAfrica section at the Dubai International Film Festival, which wrapped up on Sunday. Lensmen Sayombhu Mukdeeprom and Yukontorn Mingmongkon were named for their exemplary work. Film Business Asia has the full list of winners.
- Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is among the Best Foreign Film nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards, which will be handed out on February 26, a day before the Oscars. IndieWire has the full list.
- As a reminder, Uncle Boonmee is Thailand's official selection for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. A shortlist of nine semi-finalists will be announced on January 20, with the final list of nominees named on January 25.
And to the year-end lists, which is just a taste of things to come:
- Cahiers du Cinema lists Uncle Boonmee as its No. 1 film of 2010. According to critic Cédric Succivalli, Boonmee appeared on every one of the ballots and was listed at No. 1 on more than half of them.
- The Toronto Film Critics Association picked Boonmee as a runner-up behind The Social Network and The Black Swan for Best Picture. Boonmee was also named their Best Foreign Language Film.
- Film Comment lists Uncle Boonmee as its No. 1 unreleased film of 2010.
- The Sight and Sound year-end poll lists Uncle Boonmee at No. 2, receiving the 19 votes to come in behind The Social Network.
- Apichatpong served on the jury of the recent International Film Festival of Kerala, and there was a retrospective of his solo feature efforts, Mysterious Object at Noon, Blissfully Yours, Tropical Malady, Syndromes and a Century and Boonmee. In addition, the Thai Film Foundation's Chalida Uabumrungjit served on the NETPAC jury, and Jakrawal Nilthamrong's Unreal Forest was screened at the fest.
- The Thessaloniki International Film Festival had Apichatpong as an honored guest and presented an exhaustive retrospective of features and shorts. The festival had invited Apichatpong way back in March, months before he became a huge celebrity with his Cannes win.
- The Palm Springs International Film Festival, an important platform for Oscar qualifying, has Uncle Boonmee in its Fipresci Competition.
Finally, the Mubi Notebook has a roundup of Boonmee posters from around the world, with striking designs from Germany and Mexico, featuring the Monkey Ghost. I think my favorite so far is the Spanish poster, featuring the Catfish Princess.