Apichatpong Weerasethakul


16 Jul 1970


Bangkok, Thailand


Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b. 1970, Bangkok) grew up in Khon Kaen, a city in the north east of Thailand. He has a degree in Architecture from Khon Kaen University and a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has been making films and videos since the early 90s. He is one of the few filmmakers in Thailand who have worked outside the strict Thai studio system. In his films, he experiments with certain elements found in the dramatic plot structure of Thai television and radio programs, comics and old films. He finds his inspiration in small towns around the country. In his work, he often uses non-professional actors and improvised dialogue in exploring the shifting boundaries between documentary and fiction.

In 2000, he completed his first feature, Mysterious Object at Noon (2000), a documentary that has been screened at many international festivals and received enthusiastic reviews and awards as well as being listed among the best films of the year 2000 by Film Comment and the Village Voice. He is active in promoting experimental and independent films through Kick the Machine, the company he founded in 1999. He is currently working on several video projects and a new feature, Tropical Malady.

Actor ( 6 credits )

Behind the Blur (2009) Himself
Walk (2003) (voice)
Kulturzeit (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Kinomagazin (0)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)

Producer ( 7 credits )

Cemetery of Splendor (2015) producer
Cemetery of Splendor (2015) producer
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) producer
Reincarnate (2010) producer: documentary segment
Empire (2010) producer
Syndromes and a Century (2006) producer
Once Upon a Time (2001) co-producer

Writer ( 8 credits )

Cemetery of Splendor (2015) (written by)
Mekong Hotel (2012) (screenplay)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Phantoms of Nabua (2009) (written by)
A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (2009) (screenplay) (uncredited)
Ghost of Asia (2005) (concept)
The Adventures of Iron Pussy (2003) (writer)
I-San Special (2002)

Director ( 32 credits )

Cemetery of Splendor (2015)
Cemetery of Splendor (2015)
Short Plays (2014) (segment "Thailand")
Mekong Hotel (2012)
Sakda (2012)
Ashes (2012)
Quattro Hongkong 2 (2011) (segment "M Hotel")
M Hotel (2011)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Empire (2010)
Phantoms of Nabua (2009)
A Letter to Uncle Boonmee (2009)
Haiku (2009)
Stories on Human Rights (2008) (segment "Mobile Men")
Sud Vikal (2008)
State of the World (2007) (segment "Luminous People")
Syndromes and a Century (2006)
The Anthem (2006)
Ghost of Asia (2005)
Worldly Desires (2005)
Tropical Malady (2004)
The Adventures of Iron Pussy (2003)
Blissfully Yours (2002)
Masumi Is a PC Operator (2001)
Mysterious Object at Noon (2000)
Boys at Noon (2000)
Malee and the Boy (1999)
Thirdworld (1998)
Like the Relentless Fury of the Pounding Waves (1996)
0016643225059 (1994)
Kitchen and Bedroom (1994)
Bullet (1993)