APICHATPONG WEERASETHAKUL 阿彼察邦·韦拉斯哈古
b. 1970, works and lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Born in Bangkok,Apichatpong grew up in Khon Kaen in north-eastern Thailand. He began making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature in 2000.He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998 and is now recognised as a major international visual artist.Lyrical and often fascinatingly mysterious, his film works are non-linear,dealing with memory and in subtle ways invoking personal politics and social issues.
Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry,he devotes himself into promoting experimental and independent film-making through his producing company Kick the Machine Films, founded in 1999,which also produces all his films.Apichatpong Weerasethakul is recognised as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema.His previous six feature films, short films and installations have won him widespread international recognition and numerous awards,including two prizes from the Cannes Film Festival.