The extraordinary films of Thai filmmaker and artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Blissfully Yours, Tropical Malady, Syndromes and a Century, Cannes Palme d’Or-winner Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, Cemetery of Splendour) have defined him as one of contemporary cinema’s most unique voices.
Apichatpong's hallucinatory debut feature Mysterious Object at Noon is an experimental documentary mix that wends its way through the landscapes and mindscapes of rural Thailand.
A film crew travels from the Thai countryside to Bangkok, asking the people they encounter along the way to expand upon a story involving a wheelchair-bound young boy and his teacher. The resulting stories are later re-enacted by non-professional actors in dramatic re-creations of the freely associated narrative strokes supplied. The daisy-chain structure of interlocking vignettes is inspired by the surrealist game Exquisite Corpses, and its formal strategies are aligned with both documentary realism and the avant-garde, but this boldly original debut looks and feels like nothing else.
Second Run present the film from a new 2K restoration by the Austrian Film Museum and Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation - and includes exclusive extra features.