Chris Ware's Trippy/Beautiful Poster for Thai Film 'Uncle Boonmee'

February 8, 2011
Source: Vulture

Uncle Boonmee Palme d'Or

I'm mesmerized. I don't know what else to say. Although I walked out of last year's Palme d'Or winner - Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul - about half way through, I can still recognize its artistic quality. It's a film full of lots of trippy imagery and contains wacky things like Ghost Monkeys (see above) and talking fish. If you've been dying to see this, it's hitting a few small theaters in NYC this March. Vulture premiered the official poster for Uncle Boonmee designed by cartoonist Chris Ware and it's honestly quite beautiful/brilliant. "[This] had to be somewhat punchy and strange, so as to draw viewers in and pique their curiosity without, hopefully, insulting their intelligence."

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was both written and directed by acclaimed Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, known affectionately as "Joe", of past Cannes films such as Malee and the Boy, The Adventures of Iron Pussy, Tropical Malady, Syndromes and a Century and also Phantoms of Nabua. A poster for Joe's Tropical Malady was a big hit at Cannes 2004, and the original version of this film's poster was wacky, too. This premiered at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and won the most prestigious award at the fest, the Palme d'Or, or Golden Palm. Strand Releasing is bringing Uncle Boonmee to very limited theaters on March 2nd this spring. We'll let you know when we have a trailer to watch, too! Anyone still interested?

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This looks *completely* awesome. I, too, am mesmerized. Do you know if it's going to be released in San Francisco? I gotta see this on the big screen.

Ian Carruthers on Feb 9, 2011


Pris, thanks! Just exactly what I was looking for. 😉

Ian Carruthers on Feb 21, 2011


I believe the film played at the Bell Lightbox last fall. Never got to see it though.

Sean Kelly on Feb 9, 2011


you understand its artistic merit yet you walked out halfway through?

Legacythatisbwack on Feb 9, 2011


Oh, yeah! Why did you walk out?

Ian Carruthers on Feb 9, 2011


I just recognize that it has artistic merit... in terms of being a very bold film that the Cannes jury recognized. It just wasn't for me, I didn't really care for it and thought my time could've been better spent somewhere besides the screening, so I left. Didn't know it would win then.

Alex Billington on Feb 9, 2011


I'm interested in seeing a trailer for sure. Wasn't there a trailer that came out during cannes that had subtitles or something?

Dan W on Feb 9, 2011


hmmm intriguing at the very least

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


hmmm intriguing at the very least

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018

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