1998 MFA in filmmaking, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA

1994 BA Architecture, Khon Kaen University, Thailand

Born in Bangkok in 1970, Apichatpong Weerasethakul studied architecture at Khon Kaen University and filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His seven feature films to date have won him worldwide acclaim and a string of major awards including the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, for his 2010 film “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives”. Alongside his feature filmmaking, Apichatpong has produced a wealth of photographic, video and installation work for museums, galleries and biennales including those in Istanbul (2001), Busan (2004), Taipei (2005), Liverpool and Singapore (2006), as well as Australia’s Asia-Pacific Triennial (2006) and dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany (2012).


L’Officier des Arts et des Lettres, France

Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival, France for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past
LivesAsian Art Award, Seoul, Korea

Best Film Award at 9th Deauville Asian Film Festival, France

Silpatorn Award, Royal Thai Ministry of Culture, Office of Contemporary Art and Culture

Special Jury Prize, Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore for Tropical Malady
Best Film Special Jury Prize, The 20th International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Turin, Italy for Tropical Malady

Prix du Jury, Cannes Film Festival, France for Tropical Malady
Grand Prize, Tokyo Filmex, Tokyo for Tropical Malady
L’Age d’or Prize, Cinedecouvertes, Belgium for Tropical Malady

The International Critics’ Award (FIPRESCI Prize), Buenos Aires Film Festival, Argentina, for Blissfully Yours.
Silver Screen Award: Young Cinema Award, Singapore International Film Festival, Singapore, for Blissfully Yours 2002 Prix Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival, France for Blissfully Yours


Apichatpong Weerasethakul: FICTION, Future Perfect, Singapore
Primitive, HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy
Morakot (Emerald), UC Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, California
Cemetery of Kings, Asia Film Financing Forum at Filmart, Hong Kong

For Tomorrow For Tonight, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
Apichatpong Weerasethakul: PRIMITIVE, The New Museum, New York
PRIMITIVE, Overgaden Institute for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, in cooperation with CPH-PIX Copenhagen Film Festival
PRIMITIVE, University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico City, with a retrospective at FICUNAM Festival Internacional de Cine

Native Land, SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan.
Retrospective: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 51st Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece

Apichatpong Weerasethakul – PRIMITIVE, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France
Phantoms of Nabua, The Box, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA
PRIMITIVE, Haus der Kunst, Munich; traveled to FACT(Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, Liverpool, UK
Retrospective Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Filmmuseum, Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany
Tropical Mysteries, Luminous People: Die Filme von Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Arsenal – Institut für Film and Videokunst, Berlin, Germany

Replicas, SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo, Japan
Commeration. Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium

Unknown Forces: Apichatpong Weerasethakul, REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater), Los Angeles, USA

Waterfall, Solar Galeria de Arte Cinemática, Vila do Conde, Portugal


Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum, UAE

Thai Transience, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore

Transformation, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Japan
Trust: Media City Seoul, SeMA GyeongHuiGung Annex, Seoul, Korea

Un Autre Cinéma: Dominique González-Foerster/Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Le Spot, Le Havre, France
The View from Elsewhere, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF), Sydney; travelled to Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia

Farewell to Post-Colonialism, The 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, China
International Triennale of Contemporary Art: Re-Reading the Future, Prague, Czech Republic
Life on Mars: 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburg, USA
VideoZone 4: The 4th International Video Art Biennial in Israel, Tel Aviv
Wonder, Singapore Biennale

Space for Your Future: Recombining the DNA of Art and Design, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Discovering the Other, The National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
KunstFilmBiennale, Colegne and Bonn, Germany

The Anthem, Frieze Art Fair commission, London
Cinema(s), Le Magasin, Centre National d’Art Contemporain (CNAC), Grenoble, France
The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
Grey Flags, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY, USA; travelled to CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain (CNAC), Grenoble, France
The Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK

Anna Sanders Films, Kunstverein München, Munich, Germany; travelled to KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Bangkok-Bangkok, La Capella – Instituto de Cultura de Barcelona, Spain
The IX Baltic Triennial of International Art, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania
The Pantagruel Syndrome: T1 Turin Three Museums, Turin, Italy
Politics of Fun – Art from South East Asia, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
Wordly Desires, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels

Busan Biennale 2004, South Korea
Slow Rushes: Takes on the Documentary Sensibility in Moving Images from around Asia and the Pacific, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; ArtSpace, Auckland, New Zealand
Taipei Biennial, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taiwan
Alien (gener)ation, The Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok
Under Construction: New Dimensions of Asian Art, Japan Foundation Forum and Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

The 7th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul
Tirana Biennial 1, Albania
Traversées, Musée d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris (Haunted Houses 2001 presented by Christelle Lheureux)

Euro-Visions, Gallery of Faculty of Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts, and Art and Design, Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

World Artists for Tibet Exhibition, Project 304, Bangkok, Thailand


2012 Mekong Hotel
2012 Utopia
2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
2006 Syndromes and a Century
2004 Tropical Malady
2003 The Adventure of Iron Pussy
2002 Blissfully Yours
2000 Mysterious Object at Noon


2009 A Letter to Uncle Boonmee
2008 Mobile Men
2008 Vampire
2007 Luminous People
2006 The Anthem
2005 Worldly Desires
2005 Ghost of Asia, in collaboration with Christelle Lhereuex
2004 Is It Possible that Only Your Heart is Not Enough to Find You a True Love
2003 This and a Million More Lights
2002 Second Love in Hong Kong , in collaboration with Christelle Lhereuex
2001 Haunted Houses
2001 Masumi is a PC Operator / Fumio is a Designer
2000 Boys at Noon

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