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Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is one of the most infulential and innovative figures in cinema today. Born in Bangkok in 1970, he grew up in a rural region of northeastern Thailand. In 1994 he received his bachelor degree in architecture from Khon Kaen University Thailand and in 1997 his master’s degree in filmmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1999 he co-founded the production company Kick the Machine which has produced many of his own films as well as other experimental Thai films and videos that could not find support from the established film industry. He began making film and video shorts in 1994, and completed his first feature Mysterious Object at Noon (Dokfah Nai Meu Maan) in 2000. In 2004 his film Tropical Malady (2004) won the jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, while in 2007 his Syndromes and a Century is the first Thai film to be selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival. In 2008, the French Minister of Culture and Communications bestowed on him the medal of Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature). His Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, which won a Palme d’Or prize at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010, was conceived as a part of the internationally acclaimed multimedia project Primitive, with which Apichatpong tells the story of the northeastern Thai village of Nabua where, from the 1960s to the early ’80s, the Thai army carried out a brutal campaign to suppress the allegedly communist activities of farmers. Based on his most recent feature film Cemetery of Splendour (2015), Fever Room (2016) is his first theatre production.

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