One of the most intriguing films to come out of last year’s Cannes Film Festival was Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (aka Joe). Its Palme d’Or win seemed to catch most people by surprise, even though Weerasethakul’s won awards at Cannes before (2002 Un Certain Regard for Blissfully Yours, 2004 Jury Prize for Tropical Malady) and even though Uncle Boonmee got mostly very positive reviews. Perhaps it’s because the film is, by all accounts, weird — “mysterious” and “dreamlike” if you liked it; “plotless” and “impenetrable” if you didn’t.

Uncle Boonmee centers around an old man dying of kidney failure who is visited by his deceased wife, now a ghost, and his long-lost son, now in non-human form. If you’re thinking that doesn’t sound so terribly odd after all, just wait — catfish sex is also involved somehow. With less than a month til Uncle Boonmee‘s March 2 U.S. release date, Apple has posted a new trailer. Watch it after the jump.
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How do you sell a strange, very art-oriented movie that primarily appeals to a small, if dedicated audience? A great poster doesn’t hurt.

Back in the ’90s it seemed like Chris Ware was everywhere. As his comic The Acme Novelty Library gained huge, unexpected popularity, you could see Chris Ware work all over the place. He did book jackets, magazine work and posters. (His 1997 Chicago Underground Film Festival poster gets comments from everyone who enters my home.) He hasn’t been as ubiquitous in the past decade as he seemed to be in the ’90s, but he still does great work. I think the last one-sheet Mr. Ware produced was a few years back, for Savages. But now he’s done a really wonderful image for last year’s Palme d’Or winner, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. (aka Joe.) Read More »


Even though this year’s Cannes was a more low-key affair than the last couple years, without a lot of obvious stand-out award magnets, I think the Palme d’Or win by Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, by Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, probably came as a surprise.

In the first place, Weerasethakul (who kindly goes by the name ‘Joe‘, or ‘Joe W.’) isn’t super-well known outside of festival and cineaste circles. That’s despite the fact that his films Blissfully Yours and Tropical Malady both did well at Cannes, winning Un Certain Regard and the Jury Prize in their respective years, and got some good attention and North American DVD releases.

And Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives seems to continue Joe’s trend of making experimental, oddly paced films that adhere to no logic but their own. Now there’s a trailer so you can see some of what Tim Burton and his jury saw. Read More »