Just when you thought we’d forgotten…yeah, Syndromes and a Century [our favorite movie of the year so far] has floated out of New York theaters, but Apichatpong Weerasethaku’s still in the news. His first solo exhibition in the United States, Unknown Forces is currently on view at REDCAT in Los Angeles until June 17— and several of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s films will be screening as well in early June.
Meanwhile, this most docile, contemplative, and poetic of filmmakers ran into a bit of controversy in his native land in April, when the Thai Board of Censors demanded major cuts to Syndromes, for risk of its being banned. Apichatpong accepted the ban rather than make the cuts, and the event incited worldwide petitions against Thai censorship.
Amidst all this, this one-of-a-kind artist had time to sit down and talk to interviewers Genevieve Yue and S. Mickey Lin for Reverse Shot, to speak about Unknown Forces, politics in Thailand, and his upcoming project, Utopia.
Also, earlier: 2005 interview upon the release of Tropical Malady.