March 17, 2015

Modern Masters #6: Apichatpong Weerasethakul

TSPDT's latest list of the 1000 most-acclaimed films of this century is out. Based on that, I have selected filmmakers with the most impressive filmographies since 2000. Their ranking considers two aspects - how many of their films feature in Top 1000, and what is the respective rank of each of these films on that list.

"Film is like a drug. It is a shelter when you cannot deal with reality."


44-year old Thai filmmaker

Has directed six feature films in his career, all since 2000, five of which feature in Top 1000. More remarkable is the fact that four of his movies are among the top 52: Tropical Malady (2004) is highest rated at #13, followed by Blissfully YoursUncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past LivesSyndromes and a Century, and Mysterious Object at Noon.

Trivia: Since he made his first short film at the age of 23, he has made almost twenty-five short films and documentaries. Even in his feature films, he often blurs the line between fact and fiction.

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