Check out the dreamy Cannes winner Uncle Boonmee

Wow, Tim Burton wasn’t lying when he described this year’s Palme d’Or winner as a “dream” of a film. You’ll forgive me for feeling a little dubious that the man now in charge of churning out committee-approved dream-lite dreck would still know what a haunting film looked like.

The descriptively named Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives took out the top prize at Cannes yesterday. Apichatpong Weerasethakul (a name that I will need to add to my Word dictionary post-haste) became the first Thai director to ever take out the prestigious prize.

Although Weerasethakul’s name may not be immediately familiar, he is in fact one of the most prolific and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century. Uncle Boonmee is his sixth film since 2000. Film Comment placed two of his earlier pictures (Syndromes and a Century and Tropical Malady) in the top 10 pictures of the past decade (another of his films, Blissfully Yours, ranked #39). And no, none of these films have been released in Australia yet. Hopefully, that will change following Weerasethakul’s Cannes win.

There is no Australian release date yet for Uncle Boonmee (yes, we’re abbreviating it), but take a gander at the trailer below and get swept up in Weerasethakul’s dreamscape.

Here is the film’s official synopsis from the Cannes press kit:

Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee 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 — the birthplace of his first life…

I’m sold.

Discuss: Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Sorry, just practicing…

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