Weerasethakul to head Locarno jury
By Patrick Frater
Thu, 10 May 2012, 19:55 PM (HKT)
Thailand's Apichatpong "Joe" WEERASETHAKUL อภิชาติพงศ์ วีระเศรษฐกุล has been named as head of the jury for the main competition section of the Locarno Film Festival | Festival del film Locarno (1-11 Aug).
"Apichatpong Weerasethakul has been a major revelation in world cinema," said Locarno's artistic director Olivier PÈRE. "The Thai filmmaker, whose poetic and dreamlike films blend his country's national legends, a sensual feel for the physical and natural world as well as new narrative and visual styles borrowed from contemporary art, has invented a mutant form of cinema that completely overturns our viewing habits and takes us into unexplored areas that verge on the sublime".
Weerasethakul, who has moved from architecture to visual arts, video installations and made five features won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ (2010). He returns to Cannes next week with mid-length film Mekong Hotel แม่โขงโฮเต็ล (pictured), presented as a special screening.
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