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Thursday, September 1st, 2011
7:53 pm
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
11:23 pm
Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
1:21 am
Two pieces of very bad news and one piece of good news

Very bad news #1:

Alexis Tioseco, editor of the wonderful Criticine, and tireless champion of South East Asian cinema, was killed last year. Alexis posted to this group as _fiction_.
A eulogy for Alexis and his partner Nika Bohinc can be found here. Apichatpong made this video for him for the Love Letters project:

Very bad news #2:

The director of Offside and Crimson Gold, Jafar Panahi, is still a prisoner of conscience in Iran and is undergoing torture. He started a hunger strike just over a week ago.

[John Torres, Arleen Cuevas, Khavn, Jafar Panahi, Alexis Tioseco, and Raya Martin]

Good news:

Apichatpong Weerasethakul has won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. I assume this means his films will be better distributed from now on. A recent interview with him is here.

Thursday, April 26th, 2007
3:44 pm
Free Thai Cinema Movement
From: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2007 00:11:40 -0700
Subject: Free Thai Cinema Movement
Dear All,

Regarding the censorship of my film. I am glad in a way that it is leading
to a very important step for our cinema.
Please kindly forward to the ones you think have relevant interest in this
issue. Thank you very much.



Free Thai Cinema Movement Petition
Statement by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
*with Bioscope, the Thai Film Foundation, Thai Film Director¹s
Association, and Alliances.*

I am saddened by what has happened to my film. However, this is not the
venue to try to make SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY shown in Thai theaters. It
is not my intention to use this opportunity to promote my work.
But, it is time to seriously think about what is going on with our
censorship laws, so that the next generation of filmmakers will not face
the same problems as us, and so that the Thai audiences can truly
achieve a freedom of choice.

It is time we discuss whether all films, before being released, should
be seen by the Buddhist council, doctors council, teachers council,
labor council, the army, pet lovers group, taxi union, representatives
from other foreign countries etc? Or, is it easier to turn our nation
into a Fascist state so that we can live in harmony and don¹t have to
waste time talking about democracy?

The system of the Thai Board of Censors needs to be evaluated. Their
members' relevancy and efficiency needs to be questioned, and we should
decide whether the laws should be changed.

I would like to ask you to reflect on the censorship practices in our
country and to provide us with advice at


Later on, this Petition will be submitted to the Thai government. Your
support will be a great contribution to our fight for one of our most
basic rights - that of freedom.

I am grateful for your time and your participation. Thank you very much.

Warmest Regards,

Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Friday, September 1st, 2006
11:46 pm
Syndromes and a Century
it's premiered in venice, some initial reactions:

i've actually avoided reading the full-reviews, would like to wait till i've seen it, but thought i'd post it all the same.
Sunday, May 21st, 2006
5:38 pm
Thursday, May 25th, 2006
12:11 pm
Uncensored Blissfully Yours DVD release
Specs, essay, discussion here.
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
11:29 am
double screening at ACMI, Melbourne
I moved to Melbourne from New Zealand just over a week ago and was thrilled to find a double feature of AW's is on this Wednesday at the Australian Centre for Moving Image.
Blissfully Yours followed by Tropical Malady.
They've titled it the thai new wave... these are the only films showing as part of that (is he the entire Thai new wave??).
So glad I held off seeing Blissfully Yours on video in hopes of a chance like this.
Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
6:15 pm
Monday, October 24th, 2005
9:16 pm
Thailand's cultural ministry gave 14 filmmakers 100,000 baht each to look at the impact of the tsunami

South China Morning Post Friday, October 21, 2005 By Lekha J. Shankar

Thai and foreign filmmakers have trained their camera lenses on the aftermath of the December 26 tsunami, with the results screened last night in Bangkok.
The series of 14 short films, ranging from the ghostly to the whimsical and uplifting, were showing at the World Film Festival and would be screened again on the Thai island of Phuket on the first anniversary of the disaster, said festival director Kriengsak Silakong.
Phuket, a popular tourist destination, was hard hit by the waves, which killed more than 200,000 people in the Asia-Pacific region. Mr Kriengsak said the tsunami films, commissioned by the Thai government's Ministry of Culture, were "one of the most important highlights" of the festival.
The 11 Thai and three foreign filmmakers include Cannes Film Festival veteran Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose Ghost of Asia is about two children having fun on the beach, with a ghostly figure who seems half-real, half-imaginary.
Apichatpong describes the film as "an experimental story about the sea, seen through the eyes of children".
"It's a story of fun, happiness, hope, and that's what going to the sea and beach is all about. Mishaps happen, but life goes on," Apichatpong said.

Sompot Chidgasornpongse used his film Andaman to capture the myriad faces of those who still flock to the beaches.
"I was happy to do the film, as it gave me a chance to visit Phuket after the tsunami," he said.
"The actor in my film is a kind of guide who travels the beach, meeting and interacting with locals, tourists, kids."
He said he was impressed by the resilience of the locals.
"They were calm and strong, in spite of their losses ... The sea is big and beautiful but at the end, there's rain and storm. It has two sides."
Monday, October 10th, 2005
12:19 pm
Apichatpong interviews, Ghosts of Asia and Heartbreak Pavilion
There's a big interview with our hero in the latest Cineaste, unfortunately not online.
Some recent brief interviews that are online: Reverse Shot, Village Voice, SF Gate and Chicago Sun-Times.

Apichatpong's new short film, Ghosts of Asia, currently showing in Berlin.

If you're in Seoul Heartbreak Pavilion is premiering anyday now at the PIFF. I haven't found much info on it but it appears to come from Apichatpong's production company.
Wednesday, June 1st, 2005
4:07 pm
Apichatpong Interview
Saw this on the net and thought some may be interested in reading: Apichatpong Interview at Twitch Film.

Also, I was curious if anyone from our humble member list has seen Apichatpong's video works or installations? I'd love to hear about them if you have.
Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
11:54 pm
Saturday, May 14th, 2005
5:20 pm
Tropical Malady wins From Sodom to Hollywood award
Tropical Malady wins From Sodom to Hollywood award

I'm expecting the lush post-tsunami Thai jungle to be the same as the pre-tsunami one...
Friday, April 29th, 2005
6:40 pm
Thursday, April 14th, 2005
4:11 pm
Very interesting Weerasethakul interview here.
Sunday, April 3rd, 2005
6:43 pm
Some pictures from a pop festival Weerasethakul was the visual director for.

I'm planning to got to Bangkok in June and then travel North, then East to Laos and then back to Bangkok. If any of the Thai-philes reading this have any recommendations of places/events I should get to please let me know.
Monday, March 28th, 2005
12:58 pm
community meetup
I've noticed a few other lj communities having real life meet-ups, so perhaps it's time to organise one for this group. Does October in Bangkok suit anyone? Thai Airways are having a special deal on airfares in the month of March.
[edit: I'm now thinking late June/early July would be a better time as it would coincide with Emirates' cheap airfare deal.]
Sunday, March 20th, 2005
9:42 am
As Chris Hughes kindly pointed out, you can buy the Adventures of Iron Pussy and Tropical Malady DVDs together from eThaiCD for $us19.95 (including worldwide airmail postage) up until March 31.
Apparently there is a Blissfully Yours 2xDVD out too but I'm not sure where from.
This is (one of ?) Joe's contributions to Rouge 5:

News of Joe's upcoming projects are here, and interviews with him in the Guardian here and the Telegraph here.
[note that the internal links for Joe's kickthemachine site only operate in flash-enabled browsers]

Thursday, March 17th, 2005
12:23 pm
Mysterious Objects at the ICA
Not too much happening in this community lately, but those in London will know about the current retrospective at the ICA, "Mysterious Objects". It includes all his feature films, as well as The Adventures of Iron Pussy and a programme of his short films. I shall of course attempt to go to as many as possible.
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