The first evening will feature selected experimental films by Weerasethakul.
The Anthem, created at the request of the Frieze art fair in London, will open the programme. According to the artist, it should "bless" the retrospective. Weerasethakul’s student work 116643225059, shot on 16-mm film, consists of fragments of a telephone conversation between the director and his mother. In thirdworld, the inhabitants of a Thai village talk about their dreams and fantasies and ask: "What do you see?" Letter to Uncle Boonmee is a short film created within the framework of the youth art project called ‘Primitive’, and later became the basis for the full-length film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.
The program will continue with a film called Vampire, a mystical journey into the jungle, where a crew went to find a mythical bird called Nok Phi, who, according to legend, feeds on blood. A photo film Ashes, filmed with the LomoKino camera, will take viewers to the native village of the director. The program will finish with Weerasethakul’s latest short film called Vapour. It is a meditative silent film about the sixty-year confrontation between the villagers of one of the Thai provinces and the local government. The film will be accompanied by a soundtrack written by Dmitry Anikin, the composer and sound artist.