Between light and darkness


Thai film director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is Tropfest SEA’s ambassador. The Palme d’Or winner attends film festivals to learn from the audience.

Throughout the interview, Apichatpong Weerasethakul is soft-spoken and down to earth; I almost have to speak to him in hushed tones. The only time the film director raises his voice is when we talk about Thailand, his home country. This is unsurprising – Apichatpong had a brush with the Thai Censorship Board when he heavily resisted the Board’s decision to remove four scenes from his 2006 film, Syndromes and a Century. That said, Apichatpong’s devotion towards his country is discernible. Due to the protests in 2010, he almost didn’t attend the Cannes Film Festival to receive the Palme d’Or for his feature film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

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