27 Aug 201712:20 pm | Cinema 1 |
Surprising and fascinating... I can't think of another film remotely like it. - Jonathan Rosenbaum
Weerasethakul's film is like a piece of chamber music slowly, deftly expanding into a full symphonic movement. - New York Times
Second Run and ICA present: Mysterious Object at Noon (Dokfa nai meuman)
The extraordinary films of Thai filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Blissfully Yours, Tropical Malady, Cannes Palme D’or-winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) have defined him as one of contemporary cinema’s most unique voices. Second Run and the ICA proudly present a special screening of the Austrian Film Museum and Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation's restored edition of Apichatpong’s startling debut feature.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul's hallucinatory debut feature is an experimental mix of documentary and fiction that wends its way through the landscapes and mindscapes of rural Thailand. A film crew travels from the Thai countryside to Bangkok, asking the people they encounter along the way to expand upon a story involving a wheelchair-bound young boy and his teacher. The resulting stories are later re-enacted by non-professional actors in dramatic re-creations of the freely associated narrative strokes supplied. The daisy-chain structure of interlocking vignettes was inspired by the surrealist game Exquisite Corpse, and its formal strategies are aligned with both documentary realism and the avant-garde, but this boldly original debut looks and feels like nothing else.
Mysterious Object at Noon Director, dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand 2000, 83 minutes, Thai language with English subtitles
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