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Gasper Noe, Vincent Gallo, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Carlos Reygadas & More Team For Soccer Pic Omnibus

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 25, 2014 9:17 AM
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Brazil will host the World Cup this summer and football (or soccer for our American readers) fans the world over are marking down the days with as much excitement as fanboys have for the next tentpole or we have for the next Claire Denis film. In an effort to capitalize on this worldwide excitement, Variety reports Mexican director Daniel Gruener is shepherding a new omnibus film centered around the sport and he’s bringing along some interesting names.

Watch: 'Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded' Short Films By Claire Denis, James Franco, Paul Schrader & Many More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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Not all of us have the luxury of being able to drop everything and head off to world’s most prestigious film festivals, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Venice International Film Festival commissioned “Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded,” a series of seventy shorts from directors all over the world. Lucky for you, a sizable chunk of those shorts have landed online for your viewing pleasure.

Restored Films By Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Ray, Alain Resnais & More Headed To New York Film Festival 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 4:19 PM
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No sleep for cinephiles as the fall festival season keeps stacking one enticing movie upon another. In case you thought it was only new movies worth paying attention to, guess again, as the New York Film Festival has unveiled a slate of restored films (along with with their Documentary, Applied Science and How Democracy Works Now programming) that will be heavenly manna for those looking to check out classic films in crisp new editions.

'Uncle Boonmee' Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul Prepping Next Film 'Cemetery Of Kings'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 29, 2013 1:30 PM
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It's coming on three years since filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul bewitched audiences with his strange, cryptic and beautiful Palme d'Or-winning "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall Past Lives." The movie became a critical darling, and as much as a movie can that features fish sex, it brought the director to a broader international audience. But the filmmaker hasn't been in a hurry to make a followup, and over the past couple of years has been focused on art installations and shorts (including the rather tepid "Mekong Hotel" which played Cannes last year), but it looks like he's now ready to tackle another feature.

Watch: 'Uncle Boonme' Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Short Film 'Cactus River'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 2:22 PM
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While his next full length still seems to be a bit of a way off, director Apichatpong Weerasethakul -- best known for "Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall Past Lives," "Syndromes and a Century" and "Tropical Malady" -- continues to work at a feverish pace, delivering numerous shorts since his Palme d'Or win a couple of years back. In fact, he was back at Cannes earlier this year with "Mekong Hotel," which is still doing the festival rounds and now fans of the filmmaker have another work to take in.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Next Film Seems Like Subtler, Stranger, Artier Cousin To 'Inception'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 13, 2012 12:22 PM
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Many filmmakers strive for their work to tap into a certain dream-like narrative, unbound by traditional logic and driven by subconscious desire, but while David Lynch and Christopher Nolan dazzle equally with their unique approaches, Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”) may best them both by adhering most to that elusive goal. His films are known for their tranquil, seemingly dissociative threads of imagery, which sometimes even threaten to isolate the viewer in the process, but recently the director has expressed other wishes for his particular brand of storytelling.

First Images From Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 'Mekong Hotel'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 10, 2012 8:41 AM
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This time next week we'll be in the midst of the Cannes Film Festival, with plenty of questions set to be answered. One answer we're eager to hear is in reponse to one of the more intriguing parts of the lineup: the return of former Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul with "Mekong Hotel."

A Shape-Shifting Cinema: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Discusses His Entire Filmography

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 22, 2011 3:37 AM
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As part of the New Museum's exhibition of his latest installation project "Primitive" and his month-long residency, Thai filmmaker, visual artist and last year's Cannes Palme d'Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul held a four hour tour of his oeuvre (the museum hosts referring to it as a "master class"), beginning with his his more well-known feature work before revealing brief snippets of his installation-only short films (including those found in his current exhibit). He shared many personal tidbits in relation to each work, describing (though not too specifically) what he hoped to achieve with his camera and spicing up each presentation with a humorous aside here and there.

Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Wants To Work With Chiara Mastroianni & Joan Allen

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • May 17, 2011 6:44 AM
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Also Downplays Tilda Swinton Collaboration, Loves David Fincher But Not 'Social Network'With the latest season of Cannes coming close to an end, what better time than look back at last year's Golden Palm winner?

Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul On 'Uncle Boonme,' Steven Spielberg, 'Inception' & More

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • March 4, 2011 9:26 AM
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Exclusive: Despite this writer’s undying love for the man and his films (actually, to be completely melodramatic and corny, “Syndromes and a Century” was a life changer), Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s work is not intended for mass audiences, and some of his pictures even leave the hardest cinephiles scratching their heads at the praise. That’s just how it is, not everyone's down for a 2+ hour experimental-narrative film from Thailand and there shouldn’t be any bitterness about it.

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