Monday, December 27, 2010

Uncle Boonmee Comes to Singapore for Charity

The Asian Film Archive is pleased to announce the Singapore Premiere of UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES to be held at 7pm on Saturday 15th January 2011, Cathay Cineplex. Following the screening, the visionary Thai filmmaker, Apichatpong Weerasethakul will be hosting a discussion on his award winning film, which has won the coveted Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

You can find out more about this Charity Premiere Gala event here. Tickets for this event are now available online or you can contact the office directly. One ticket will be given for each donation of S$50 received by the Asian Film Archive.

The Archive is a proudly independent charity and depends on public support to maintain the 1,489 films in its growing archive. It is an Institution of Public Character (IPC) and cash donations are eligible for a 250% tax-deduction. Your tax-deductible donation enables the Asian Film Archive to preserve our film heritage for future generations to enjoy.

You can find out more about this Thai film from the ever reliable Wise Kwai of the Thai Film Journal, or check out the synopsis below:

Uncle Boonmee is suffering from acute kidney failure and has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave which turns out to be the birthplace of his first life. It is an interesting story that weaves the supernatural into a tale of discovery.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is the first filmmaker from Southeast Asia to win the Palme d'Or, the top award at the Cannes Film Festival. He began making short film and video works before shooting the documentary Mysterious Object at Noon. Since 1998, the filmmaker, who deals with memory and socio-political issues, has mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries. His art projects and feature films have won him numerous festival prizes and widespread international recognition. At the Festival of Cannes, Blissfully Yours won the prize Un Certain Regard in 2002 while Tropical Malady in Competition in 2004, received the Jury's Prize.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives will also be screened exclusively at The Picturehouse from 27th Jan 2011.

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