Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Lung Boonmee Raluek Chat

February 9-10
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives / Lung Boonmee Raluek Chat
(Thailand, 2010, 114 min)

Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives examines the transformative nature of the human spirit through monkey gods, past relatives, failing kidneys, and a desire to understand the afterlife. Influenced by a book only on sale at Thailand's Buddhist institutions, the film explores the traditional Buddhist principles of reincarnation. Set in Thailand’s lush but isolated Isan region, director Apichatpong Weerasethakul creates abstract jungle shots in which the characters move in and out of a dream-like state and reality. A look at the afterlife that differs from the Western heaven, Uncle Boonmee produces a visual feast of tropical life through a collage of reincarnation, and what it means in the life of an ailing Buddhist man.