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Openly Gay Thai Director Takes Top Prize at Cannes Film Fest


Openly gay director Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Palme D'Or at Cannes for his film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

The NYT reports: "On accepting the award Mr. Weerasethakul (who goes by Joe) said in English that 'this is like another world for me,' and noted that 'Uncle Boonmee' is the first Thai film to win the Palme. 'I would really like to kiss all of you,' he said to the jury, telling Mr. Burton that he liked his hairstyle. Mr. Weerasethakul thanked 'all the spirits and ghosts in Thailand,' who made it 'possible for me to be here.'"

Watch a report on the win and the trailer for the film, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Joe is THE BEST!

    A Truly Great World-Class Gay Filmmaker. Out "Tropical Malady" on your Netflix queque

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 24, 2010 12:10:44 PM

  2. Seconded - Tropical Malady is hypnotic genius, best on the big screen - maybe there will be a retrospective after this Cannes award.

    Posted by: Ciaran | May 24, 2010 12:17:41 PM

  3. He's used to taking it in the Cannes.

    Posted by: LetSodomRing | May 24, 2010 12:38:21 PM

  4. LetSodomRing is a troll seeking attention. Ignore it.

    Posted by: Jubal Harshaw | May 24, 2010 2:24:27 PM

  5. "...He's used to taking it in the Cannes..."

    Yeah, Him and Larry Craig and Ted Haggard too.

    Your point is? Oh...Troll, Nevuh mind 'g'

    Posted by: New Jersey Gill | May 24, 2010 5:42:00 PM

  6. That looks like a truly haunting intriguing film. Congratulations

    Posted by: jaragon | May 24, 2010 5:48:02 PM

  7. I agree with Ciaran; I tried to recapture that excitement on my analogue tv ; just wasn't the same. The one before Malady titled, Blissfully Yours is also strongly recommended; yes, you will feel really happy watching it, so serene and lucid, yet the troubling reality just outside the idyllic nature still threatening ever so often, making itself felt... If you ever liked the Swedish classic from the early 70's, Elvira Madigan, you will also be moved by the wistful meditation on the ephemeral fragility of human conditions throughout the length of Yours , which reminds me of the last sequence of Madigan, somehow...
    Well, I couldn't be happier as a gay Asian man who is also an incorrigible
    movie buff!

    Being from Korea, which has experienced amazing cinematic Renaissance for the last fifteen years or so, I am very excited that Thailand (with the gentle people....OK, except the ongoing unrest) has
    indeed arrived as the next big thing in world cinema, with this honor as a proof to show ! :-)

    Posted by: Iban4yesu | May 25, 2010 3:48:12 AM

  8. Huh. I never knew that Thai Joe was gay!

    Posted by: Andrew F | May 25, 2010 5:30:09 PM

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