In this four-hour program, Apichatpong Weerasethakul will present and discuss excerpts from all his feature films, up to and including his present project Primitive, providing audiences with behind-the-scenes access to his entire oeuvre. This exclusive engagement is presented as part of the exhibition “Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive.”

Weerasethakul’s works are often set in the lush forests and quiet villages of the rural Isaan region of northeast Thailand. His films use inventive narrative structures to explore intersections between man and nature, rural and urban life, and personal and political memory. Surreal imagery and a sensuous, languid pace give his work a dreamlike quality. Characters shift identities fluidly, and often reappear in subsequent films. Eschewing Western cinematic references, Weerasethakul’s filmic language draws upon a range of local influences, from Thai folklore to television soap operas.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul was born in 1970 in Bangkok. Initially trained as an architect, he went on to study filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has produced six feature films to date including the award-winning Tropical Malady (2004), Blissfully Yours (2002), and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010). Primitive was previously exhibited at the Haus der Kunst, Munich and the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT), Liverpool in 2009. In 2008, he received the Fine Prize from the 55th Carnegie International, US; and in 2010 he was one of four finalists for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Award.

“Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Primitive” will be the first New York exhibition devoted to the work of the internationally acclaimed Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Primitive (2009)—which is having its American debut at the New Museum—is his most ambitious project to date: a multi-platform work consisting of an installation of seven videos and related pieces.

Sunday, May 15, 2011 | 2:00 PM

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