Some may be surprised to hear Apichatpong Weerasethakul, a mere three months after Mekong Hotel premiered at Cannes, would be right in the midst of crafting his next project — then again, that’s just his working pattern. While there are seven features to his name (including this year’s outing), the Thai auteur works at a pretty incredible pace, constantly cranking out shorts, art installations, museum projects, and other efforts that just skirt the line of being “film works.”
But, that eighth film is coming to light. An interview with IndieWIRE shed the first light on his current film, an untitled project rooted in, of all things, the world of sleep; Weerasethakul‘s subjects, this time out, are those who suffer from sleeping sicknesses, while the actual depiction will focus on “how their mind works during that specific time, how light can influence their dreams and memory.” (We need to go deeper.) In being consistent with his previous work, this is a chance for the filmmaker to “embrace questions of time and memory,” as well as “remember and re-experience his past.”
Interesting as that sounds, the films of Weerasethakul don’t exactly get a ton of coverage in the trades; we should probably just… expect the film to come when it’s ready. Given his commendable rate of output, though, I’m thinking a festival premiere — Cannes, Venice, Woodstock, take your pick — is right around the corner.
Will you be keeping tabs on his next project? What are your thoughts, based on these comments?
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