[SECTION 2] Asian Gothic September 11th?17th

Haunted Houses

Thailand, 2001, 60min, Color, Digital File


Haunted Houses is one of the four works in which Apichatpong deals with various forms of media addiction in the Thai cultural landscape. For this particular work, the narrative was directly scripted from two episodes of a popular Thai military television channel called Tong Prakaisad. The filmmaker then traveled to the villages near his home and asked villagers to participate in the film by acting according to the script. All sixty six villagers from six villages participated, playing roles. The story was continuous but the actors who played the characters were constantly changed as the filming location moved from one village to another.
Born in 1970 in Bangkok. He started making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature Mysterious Object at Noon in 2000. Since 1998 he has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries. His art projects and feature films, including Blissfully Yours (2002),
Tropical Malady (2004) and Syndromes and a Century (2006) have won him widespread recognition. His recent film, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the Palme d’Or at Cannes.