Berlinale

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Synopsis
Suffering from 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…

Director’s note
A few years ago I visited a temple near my home and a monk there gave me a little book called “A Man who Can Recall his Past Lives.” In it, the monk wrote about Boonmee, who could recall his multiple lives in the cities of the northeast. During this time when rapid annihilation processes of everything from species to cultures have become commonplace, it is important to simply remember.


World premiere
Cannes International Film Festival 2010, Competition

Key festivals and awards
Palme d’Or, Cannes International Film Festival 2010
Sarajevo International Film Festival 2010
Best Foreign Language Film at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Best Cinematography Award, Dubai International Film Festival 2010

Thailand, 2010
Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Producers: Kick The Machine Films (Thailand), Illuminations Films (UK); The Match Factory (Germany)
German WCF partner: The Match Factory
World sales: The Match Factory (Germany)

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in October 2008
Funding amount: 60.000 €