Thailand’s Oscar hopes rest on ‘Uncle’

Weerasethakul's Cannes winner goes for glory

“Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” helmer Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s offbeat movie that won the Palme d’Or in Cannes, is Thailand’s entry for consideration in the foreign language Oscar category.

An idiosyncratic fable involving reincarnation and out-of-body experiences, pic was the first Thai film to win at Cannes.

“Boonmee” is very much the critics’ choice, rather than a populist piece. It notched up low box office takings at home.

Pic was chosen by a committee from the Federation of National Film Assns of Thailand. The nine-member panel was chaired by Nakorn Weeraprawat and included helmer Prachya Pinkaew and actor Yodchai Meksuwan.

Pic was produced by Apichatpong, Simon Field, Keith Griffiths and Charles de Meaux, and co-produced by Hans W. Geissendoerfer, Luis Minarro and Michael Weber. It stars Thanapat Saisaymar.

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