Tropical Malady

Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud (Groenendaal)
  • 16/05 | 21:00

€ 4
2h 05min
Thai > EN

Ticket includes free admission to exhibition Memorandum

As part of the retrospective at Cinema Galeries, the Kunstenfestivaldesarts is screening of one of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films at a unique location in the green belt around Brussels. Tropical Malady (2004) is the Thai director’s fourth feature film. It received the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, definitively hoisting the director to the forefront of avant-garde cinema. The film is a poetic and compelling love story about the mysteries of desire. Deep in the Thai rainforest, a soldier and a shy village boy fall in love, the beginning of an intense and uncomplicated romance. Until one of them suddenly disappears into the darkness of the woods and the story turns into a hypnotic, feverish dream about dark spirits and irrational fears. The rainforest is a recurrent motif in Weerasethakul’s films. On 16 May, Tropical Malady can be viewed in an enchanting spot in the Forêt de Soignes. An event!

Written & directed by
Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Featuring
Sakda Kaewbuadee, Banlop Lomnoi, Siriwej Jareornchon, Udom Promma, Saritpong Boonyadison, Arna Rattapan, Donruedee Chana, Huay Deesom

Presentation
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Cinema Galeries

Production
Kick the Machine Films (Bangkok)

Co-production
Anna Sanders Films (Paris), TIFA (Bangkok), Thoke + Moebius Film (Berlin/Frankfurt am Main), Downtown Pictures (Bologna)

With the participation of
Fonds Sud Cinéma, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, CNC, Ministère des Affaires Étrangères

Premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2004, where it was awarded the Jury Prize

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Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970) was born in Bangkok and grew up in Khon Kaen in north-eastern Thailand. He began making film and video shorts in 1994, and completed his first feature in 2000. He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998. Often non-linear, with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory, subtly addressed personal politics and social issues. His art projects and feature films have won him widespread recognition and numerous festival prizes, including two prizes from the Cannes Film Festival. In 2005 he was presented with one of Thailand’s most prestigious awards, Silpatorn, by the Thai Ministry of Culture. In 2008, the French Minister of Culture bestowed on him the medal of Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Literature). In 2011, he was given another honor for the same field with an Officer Medal. His film Syndromes and a Century, completed in late 2006, was the first Thai film to be selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival. Apichatpong Weerasethakul is also one of 20 international artists and filmmakers commissioned to create a short film for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2009, the Austrian Film Museum published a major English language monograph on his work. His 2009 project, Primitive, consists of a large-scale video installation, an artist’s book, and a feature film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives . The film has won a Palme d’Or prize at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in 2010, making it the first Southeast Asian film (and the 7th from Asia) to win the most prestigious award in the film world. In 2012, he is invited to participate in documenta (13), one of the most well-known art exhibitions in Kassel, Germany. Apichatpong Weerasethakul also received the Sharjah Biennial Prize at the 2013 Sharjah Biennial 11, UAE. He’s also a recipient of the Fukuoka Prize, Japan, 2013. In late 2014, he received the Yanghyun Art Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes in Korea. In 2016, a retrospective of his films was presented at Tate Britain, UK. Apichatpong Weerasethakul currently works and lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts
2005: Worldly Desires

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