“One of the truest sensualists to emerge in movies of nowadays”, recently awarded in Cannes with Tropical Malady, Apichatpong will be in focus at the 14th Curtas Vila do Conde that will include films, installations and a performance.
Born in 1970 in Bangkok, Apichatpong Weerasethakul grew up in Khon Kaen, located in northeastern Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since he began making films and videos in the early 90s, he has become one of the few filmmakers in Thailand who have worked outside the strict Thai studio system. He is active in promoting experimental and independent films through Kick the machine, the company he founded in 1999. His fiction feature debut, BLISSFULLY YOURS, received the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. The film also received top prizes from the Tessaloniki Film Festival (Greece) and Tokyo Filmex (Japan) and TROPICAL MALADY, his latest feature film received excellent reviews from international press.
In 2000, he completed his first feature-length film, MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON, a documentary which earned enthusiastic reception, including being listed among the best films of the year 2000 by the US publications Film Comment and The Village Voice.