Paris 2022 programme


Apichatpong Weerasethakul retrospective

From 2 to 8 May, the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin invites you to the first retrospective in France of short and medium-length films by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jury Prize at the Cannes 2021 Festival and Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Festival.

There will be 27 exceptional films to discover, the order of which was composed by the artist himself, so that this arrangement brings an unprecedented perspective on his work. Often non-linear, with a strong sense of dislocation, his works deal with memory and subtly address personal politics and social issues. This retrospective invites you to immerse yourself in Apichatpong Weerasethakul's exceptional trajectory since the 1990s.

The retrospective

Programme # 1 - Monday 2 May, 9PM, Louxor Palais du cinéma

1.The Anthem, 2006, 35mm, colour, sound, 5 min
2. La Punta, 2013, DCP, colour, sound, 2 min
3. M Hotel, 2011, Super 8 transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 12 min
4. Emerald, 2007, Digital, Cinema version of the installation, colour, sound, 11 min
5. Mobile Men, 2008, 35mm transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 4 min
6. Cactus River, 2012, DCP, black and white / colour, sound, 10 min
7. Cinetracts, 2020, DCP, colour, sound, 2:09 min
8. Footprints, 2014, DCP, colour, sound, 6 min
9. Worldly Desires, 2005, DCP, colour, sound, 43 min

Programme # 2 - Wednesday 4 May, 7PM, Centre Pompidou

10. Trailer for CinDi, 2011, DCP, colour, sound, 2 min
11. Ashes, 2012, DCP, colour, sound, 20:18 min
12. Vampire, 2008, DCP, colour, sound, 19 min
13. Haunted Houses, 2001, DCP, colour, sound, 60 min

Programme # 3 - Thursday 5 May, 6.30PM, Goethe Institut

14. Thirdworld, 1997, 16mm transferred to DCP, black and white, sound, 17 min
15. Empire, 2010, 35mm transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 2 min
16. My Mother’s Garden, 2007, DCP, colour, silent, 7 min
17. Ghost of Asia, collaboration with Christelle Lheureux, 2005, DCP, colour, sound, 9 min
18. Monsoon, 2011, phone camera and computer camera transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 3 min
19. Luminous People, 2007, Super 8 transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 15 min
20. Nimit, 2007, HD, colour, sound, 16 min
21. Blue, 2018, DCP, colour, sound, 12.16 min
22. A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (Primitive project), 2009, colour, sound, 18 min

Programme # 4 - Friday 6 May, 6PM, Luminor Hôtel de Ville

23. This and a Million More Lights, 2003, Digital to DCP, colour, silent, 1 min
24. Malee and the Boy, 1999, Digital to DCP, colour, sound, 27 min
25. Nokia Short, 2003, Nokia phone transferred to DCP, colour, sound, 2 min
26. Ablaze, 2016, HD, colour, sound, 5 min
27. Mekong Hotel, 2012, HD to DCP, colour, sound, 56 min

Apichatpong (Joe) Weerasethakul was born on 16 July 1970 in Thailand. He is an independent film director, screenwriter and producer, with a degree in architecture from Khon Kaen University and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the early 1990s.

His feature films include "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives", which won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival; "Tropical Malady", which won a Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival; "Blissfully Yours", which won First Prize in the Un Certain Regard programme at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival; and "Syndromes and a Century", which premiered at the 63rd Venice Film Festival and was the first Thai film to be entered into the competition.

Founded in 1999, Kick the Machine Films is the studio of artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose works deal with memory and subtly address personal political and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, Apichatpong has been active in promoting experimental and narrative hybrid cinema in Thailand and abroad. His art projects and feature films have earned him wide recognition and numerous festival awards. Currently, Kick the Machine Films also produces other filmmakers' projects and co-supports local film festivals.