Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 29, 2011 – Sunday, May 01, 2011

(Thailand/UK/France/2010—directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year for this gently comic and transporting tale of death and rebirth, set in Thailand’s rural northeast. Uncle Boonmee, a farmer suffering from kidney failure, is tended to by loved ones and visited by the ghosts of his wife and son. As for his remembered past lives, they might—or might not—include a water buffalo, a disfigured princess, a talking catfish, and the insects whose chirps engulf the nighttime jungle scenes. A sensory and contemplative immersion, Uncle Boonmee is a delicately paced, otherworldly fable that lingers on earthly sensations, a film about a dying man that’s filled with mysterious signs of life. Apichatpong’s vision is above all a generous one: in the threat of extinction he sees the possibility of regeneration. In Thai with English subtitles. (113 min.)


“A sensuous delight, leaving plenty to chew on.” –Sam Adams, Philadelphia City Paper

Friday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m.