A Wayward Word's Worth

November 28, 2011

Brimming waters along the Thai film scene

Filed under: Uncategorized — kylelawrence @ 4:23 pm

Palme d’Or-winning director Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul wades into  his homeland’s troubled waters at a Beijing screening of his latest documentary. By Kyle Mullin for The Beijing Review, Nov. 22 2011

Today, Thailand is drowning.

Apichatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul, the country’s star auteur, has been documenting those brimming waters for years. But this fall the tides reached new heights and ravaged the Palme d’Or-winning director’s hometown of Bangkok, leaving its factories floundering, at least 500 citizens dead and many more homeless. As that flood fails to ebb Apichatpong dries his tears and embarks to Beijing’s UCCA art gallery for an unveiling of a multimedia documentary dubbed For Tomorrow, For Tonight. The exhibit, scheduled before the disaster, couldn’t be more timely; it tells the true story of Jenjira, a young Thai girl who nearly drowns again and again on the overflowing banks of the Mekong River, as if to foreshadow the capital’s current crisis.

“Interestingly, I was into the water issue before this massive flooding arose,” Apichatpong said, in an exclusive with Beijing Review, about the regularly overflowing rural Thai rivers that inspired his latest project. “The current situation opens my eyes about details in our coexistence with water. It is like our blood gone awry, like a disaster movie with a lesson.”

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JOE APICHATPONG

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http://www.bjreview.com/movies/txt/2011-11/22/content_407322.htm

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