Known for his elliptical timelines and delicate magical realism, Apichatpong Weerasethakul has crafted a mesmerizing dream logic all his own. His cinema and installations, often produced through his production company Kick the Machine, embark on textured, feeling journeys into personal and historical memory in contemporary Thailand. At Cannes alone, he has won the Palme d’Or for 2010’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, and he has received the festival’s Jury Prize for 2004’s Tropical Malady and his forthcoming Memoria. His first feature set outside of Thailand, Memoria was shot over the course of two years in Colombia and stars Tilda Swinton.


Fireflies Press recently published Apichatpong’s art-book chronicle of Memoria’s production: a collection of on-set photographs, diary entries, annotated storyboards, and more. Memoria will premiere October 5 & 6 at the New York Film Festival and opens soon in theaters via NEON. We asked Apichatpong to share five films he loves.

GOODBYE, DRAGON INN, Tsai Ming-liang, 2003

THE CONVERSATION, Francis Ford Coppola, 1974

HOMEWORK, Abbas Kiarostami, 1989

BLUE, Derek Jarman, 1993

QUICK BILLY, Bruce Baillie, 1971