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Thai Director Wins at Cannes, Blasts Thai Gov’t for Covid-19 Mismanagement

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s feature film ‘Memoria’ has won a Jury Prize at this month’s Cannes Film Festival.
Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s feature film ‘Memoria’ has won a Jury Prize at this month’s Cannes Film Festival.

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s feature film ‘Memoria’ has won a Jury Prize at this month’s Cannes Film Festival.

‘Memoria’ is the first time that Apichatpong has directed a feature film in another country, as a co-production between Colombia, Thailand, the United Kingdom, Mexico and France.

The film, which is the collaboration between Apichatpong and Tilda Swinton, a Scottish Oscar-winning actress, known for her leading roles in independent films, was shot entirely in Colombia in the Spanish and English languages.

Apichatpong’s ninth feature film ‘Memoria’ also won the Grand prix d’Honneur from the Marseille International Film Festival, which is a documentary film festival, held annually since 1989 in Marseille, France.

‘Memoria’ will be shown at film festivals around the world, and will be released in Thailand by the end of this year.

In his acceptance speech, Apichatpong blasted the the Thai government for its Covid-19 mismanagement which has led to more than 415,000 people infected and thousands dead.

“I am lucky to be standing here, while many of my countrymen cannot travel. Many of them suffer greatly from the pandemic, with the mismanagement of resources, healthcare, and vaccine accessibility. I want to call out for the Thai and Colombian [where Memoria is set] governments, and the governments of countries in a similar situation, to please wake up, and work for your people, now.”