Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Mysterious Objects at Midnight
main stage

approx. 24h
Thai with english subtitles

As a special event accompanying the Berlin premiere of his theatre work, the Volksbühne presents Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first complete film retrospective in Berlin. The 24-hour screening marathon starts at 7pm on 9 December 2017 and continues until 7 pm the following day in the Babylon Cinema on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz. Opening with Vapour, a film shot in the Toongha village in the Mae Ram district of Thailand – a battleground over land management issues between the people and the state – the programme retraces the career of the founder of the Free Thai Cinema Movement. Spanning from his first 16mm films to his award-winning 35mm features, it includes rare features, shorts and trailers shot in Hi-8, MiniDV, Super8 and on a mobile phone. The films will be screened in their original language with English subtitles and in their original formats when available.


19.00, VOLKSBÜHNE, Roter Salon

  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul in conversation with Chris Dercon and Giulio Bursi

20.00, Stern Foyer

21.00, VOLKSBÜHNE, Main Stage

  • Vapour (film performance with Koichi Shimizu), Thailand/Korea/China, 2015, HD, black and white and colour, silent, 21 min
  • Cemetery of Splendor, Thailand/UK/France/Germany/Malaysia, 2015, DCP to HD, colour, sound, 122 min


12.00-8.00, Cinema Babylon Kino 1

  • The Anthem, Thailand/UK, 2006, 35mm, colour, sound, 5 min
  • La Punta, Thailand, 2013, HD to DCP, colour, sound, 2 min
  • M Hotel, Thailand/Hong Kong, 2011, Super 8 transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 12 min
  • Emerald, Thailand/Japan, 2007, Digital to DCP (Cinema version of the installation), colour, sound, 11 minutes
  • Mobile Men, Thailand, 2008, 35mm transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 4 min
  • Cactus River, Thailand/US, 2012, HD to DCP, black and white / colour, sound, 10 min
  • Footprints, Thailand/Mexico, 2014, Digital to DCP, colour, sound, 6 min
  • Worldly Desires, Thailand/South Korea, 2005, Digital to DCP, colour, sound, 43 min
  • Blissfully Yours, Thailand/France, 2002, 35mm, colour, sound, 126 min
  • Trailer for CinDi, Thailand 2011,Digital to DCP, colour, sound, 2 min
  • Ablaze, Thailand/Singapore, HD to DCP, colour, sound, 5 min
  • Vampire, Thailand/France, 2008, Digital to DCP, colour, sound, 19 min
  • Haunted Houses, Thailand, 2001, Digital to DCP, colour, sound, 60 min
  • Syndromes and a Century, Thailand/Austria/France, 2006, 35mm colour, sound, 105 min
  • thirdworld, Thailand/USA, 1997, 16mm transferred to DCP, black and white, sound, 17 min
  • Empire, Thailand/Austria, 2010, 35mm transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 2 min
  • My Mother’s Garden, Thailand / France 2007, HD to DCP, colour, silent, 7 min
  • Ghost of Asia, collaboration with Christelle Lheureux, Thailand, 2005, HD to DCP, colour, sound, 9 min
  • Monsoon, Thailand, 2011, phone camera and computer camera transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 3 min
  • Luminous People, Thailand/Portugal, 2007, Super 8 transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 15 min
  • Nimit, Thailand, 2007, HD to DCP, colour, sound, 16 min

8.00-9.00, Babylon cinema foyer

Free breakfast

9.00-13.00, Cinema Babylon Kino 2

  • Tropical Malady, Thailand/France/Germany/Italy, 2004, 35mm to DCP, colour, sound, 118 min
  • This and a Million More Lights, Thailand, 2003, Digital to DCP, colour, silent, 1 min
  • Malee and the Boy, Thailand, 1999, Digital to DCP, colour, sound, 27 min
  • Nokia Short, Thailand, 2003, Nokia phone transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 2 min
  • Mekong Hotel, Thailand/UK/France, 2012, HD to DCP, colour, sound, 56 min

13.00-14.00, Lunch

14.00-19.00, Cinema Babylon Kino 2

  • The Adventure of Iron Pussy, collaboration with Michael Shaowanasai, Thailand, 2003, Beta to digital, colour, sound, 90 min
  • Mysterious Object at Noon, Thailand 2000, 16 mm transferred to 35 mm, black and white, sound, 83 min
  • A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (Primitive project), Germany/Thailand/UK, 2009, HD to DCP, colour, sound, 18 min
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, UK/Thailand/Germany/France/Spain, 2010, 35mm (blown up from Super 16mm), colour, sound, 114 min

Production: Retrospective: Volksbühne Berlin

Tickets for the movie night in Babylon here


Artistic Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Curator: Giulio Bursi


Still: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Blissfully Yours

Still: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Mekong Hotel

Still: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Phantoms of Nabua

Still: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Fireworks

Still: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Cemetery of Splendour

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