Sunday, May 23, 2010

Joe to the rescue

Given Apichatpong Weerasethakul's track record for making beautiful films, I am not surprized at reading some of the glowing words and ratings that are pouring out from the screening of his new feature Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Here's hoping that his film does pick up an award later tonight at the closing ceremonies.

The pure joy from watching Joe's films is to witness the perfect marriage between beautiful hypnotic images and calm serene (or eerie) sounds. The following two pictures from his short film A Letter to Uncle Boonmee don't have the same impact without listening to the sound of the winds rustling through the trees.

And at night time, when all is quiet and still, does the haunting start.

A sighting of the mysterious creature in the poster of Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is first seen near the end of the short film A Letter to Uncle Boonmee. The creature is seen slowing making its way through the woods before the camera fades to black.

Yet, the darkness lingers on. The haunting sounds echo far longer than the running time of the 17 minute short film. Will the feature quieten those sounds?
[Update, May 24, 2010]

Joe does indeed win the Palme d'Or!!!!!!

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