Previously at the ICA - Films
8 Apr 2014
‘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
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 reenacted by non-professional actors in dramatic recreations of the freely associated narrative strokes supplied. The daisy-chain structure of interlocking vignettes was inspired by the surrealist game Exquisite Corpses, 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.
We are delighted to welcome director Apichatpong Weerasethakul to this special screening. He will be in conversation with Andrea Lissoni, Curator of Film at Tate Modern.
This is the very first UK screening of a new digital print, restored by the Austrian Film Museum and Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation.
In collaboration with Second Run DVD
Double Visions, the first UK gallery exhibition of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s work, will be presented at Anthony Reynolds Gallery London, 11 April – 17 May 2014.
Mysterious Object at Noon (Dokfa nai meuman), dir Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thailand 2000, 83 mins, Thai language with English subtitles, Cert 15
Please note that all films are 18+ unless otherwise stated. The feature will start approximately 15 minutes after the listed start time.