uncle boonmee who recalls his past lives

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“What’s wrong with my eyes? They are open, but I can’t see a thing.”

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ) (2010, Apichatpong Weerasethakul)

cinematography by Sayombhu Mukdeeprom

I try to mimic the pattern of memory and of thinking and the randomness of life. It’s like a journey. That is the main thing about the beauty of life; that you don’t cram. And not only beauty, but also the fact that there is never a concrete thing in life. I want the movie to be a tool of liberation…Liberation from expectation, liberation from the known pattern of time presented in film. It is playful. It’s what keeps me making the films, because I enjoy this play.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

BBC’nin seçtiği 21’inci yüzyılın en iyi 100 filmi

1 Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

2 In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

3 There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)

4 Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

5 Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)

6 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)

7 The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)

8 Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)

9 A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

10 Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)

10 No Country For Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)

12 Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)

12 Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)

14 The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)

15 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)

16 Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)

17 Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)

18 The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)

19 Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

20 Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)

21 The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)

22 Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)

22 Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)

24 The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)

25 Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2001)

26 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)

27 The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)

28 Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)

29 WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)

30 Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)

31 Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)

32 The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

33 Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)

33 The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)

35 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)

36 Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)

37 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)

38 City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)

39 The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)

39 Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)

41 Inside Out (Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen, 2015)

42 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)

42 Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)

42 Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)

45 Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)

45 Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)

45 Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)

48 Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)

49 Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)

49 Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)

49 The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)

52 Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)

53 Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski, 2013)

53 Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)

53 Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)

56 Werckmeister Harmonies (Bela Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2000)

56 Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)

58 A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)

58 Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino and Eli Roth, 2009)

58 Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembene, 2004)

58 Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)

58 Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)

63 Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)

63 The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)

63 The Turin Horse (Bela Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)

66 Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)

66 The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)

68 Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)

68 The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)

70 Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)

70 Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)

72 Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)

72 Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)

74 Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)

75 Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)

75 Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)

75 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)

78 Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)

78 The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)

78 The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)

81 A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)

81 A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)

81 A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)

81 Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)

81 Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)

86 Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

86 Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)

88 Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)

89 The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)

90 Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)

90 Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)

90 Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)

90 Ratatouille (Brad Bird and Jan Pinkava, 2007)

90 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)

90 The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)

90 The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)

97 Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)

97 The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)

97 White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)

100 Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)

100 Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)

100 Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)

bbc.com
The 21st Century’s 100 greatest films
The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.

100. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
100. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
100. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
99. The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)
98. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
97. White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)
96. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
95. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
94. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
93. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
92. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
91. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)
90. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
89. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
88. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
87. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
86. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
85. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
84. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)
83. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
82. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
81. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)
80. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
79. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
77. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
76. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
75. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
74. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
73. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
72. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
71. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
70. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)
69. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
68. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
67. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
66. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
65. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
64. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
63. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
62. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
61. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
60. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
59. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)
58. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
57. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
56. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
55. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013)
54. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
53. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
52. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
51. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
50. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
49. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
48. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)
47. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
46. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
45. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
44. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
43. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
42. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
41. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
40. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
39. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
38. City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)
37. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
36. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
33. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
32. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
31. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
30. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
27. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
26. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
25. ​Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)
17. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)
15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)

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They call me a guy who can recall his past lives.
I remember the light when I was young.
Not one light, but many, in different colours.
I thought they were some kind of airborne animals.
They were transparent dots.
I would chase them and follow them into the jungle
I would follow the lights and look at them,
let them transfer images into my mind. 
The adults thought I was crazy or was possessed by a ghost
But they didn’t bother…
to take me to a hospital or to a shaman.

Later I remember when I was in the jungle
and saw no lights.
I would look directly at the sun
and close my eyes.
I saw the white orb in the darkness.
Only that act could bring comfort
because I always fear
that one day
when I open my eyes
I will see nothing.

- Apichatpong Weerasethakul - excerpt from The Memory of Nabua

For me, filmmaking is still young. It still has room to grow, and now it’s still attached to other kinds of art, like literature or theatre. I’m not saying I’m trying to create some revolutionary style, but each film has its own language—the movie tells you how it wants to be told. But we tend to stick to very few modes of expression.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul