Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Apichatpong-a-rama: Joei on the cover of Gentlemen's Magazine, Uncle Boonmee in Vancouver

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives has already been announced for the Vancouver International Film Festival.

This year's Palme d'Or winner is playing in the Best of Cannes section.

There's at least one other Thai film in the fest, the musical documentary Baby Arabia premiering next week at the Thai Short Film & Video Festival, but its scheduling in the Vancouver fest hasn't been officially announced by the festival. Perhaps it'll be in the Dragons & Tigers program for Asian films.

The Vancouver International Film Festival runs from September 30 to October 15.

Row Three has more about VIFF.

Uncle Boonmee is also playing in the New York Film Festival and will have a regular theatrical run at Toronto's Bell Lightbox. It opens this Thursday at the SF cinema on Pattaya Beach.

Apichatpong continues to take the Thai media by storm. He's on the cover of the latest Thai edition of GM (Gentlemen's Magazine) and there's a 10-page interview inside.

Limitless Cinema likes a quote from film expert Sonthaya Subyen:

Guillermo del Toro, the director of Pan's Labyrinth, said, 'There's something intangible in the real world, but our instincts can feel it. The only way we can touch it is by art or religion.' The films of Apichatpong possess the miraculous power of the bliss of gazing. His films enable us to feel something which is beyond the frame of the image, and let us see the purity, the simplicity, and the magic which are integrated into the basic nature. This is because the unique characteristic of cinematic art is not clever dialogues, twisted storytelling, or stylistic show-off by playing with weird images."

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