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14 January 2018: Take Two: The Fog / Uncle Boonmee


Two gorgeously photographed films exploring folklore, history and ghostly apparitions. John Carpenter's mournful campfire tale of violence and horror precedes Apichatpong Weerasethakul's beguiling journey into personal and collective memory.

The Fog
John Carpenter
1980 | 90 min | Colour | Digital

A weather-beaten old fisherman tells an ancient tale of betrayal and death to fascinated children as they huddle together by their campfire. As a piece of driftwood in a child's hand glows with spectral light an eerie fog envelops the bay, and from it's midst emerge dripping demonic victims of a century old shipwreck...seeking revenge against a small California coastal town. "The film broods with a casual impetus, luxuriating in a mournful but gorgeous aesthetic instead of adhering to the standard narrative architecture of horror. It’s a tragedy tinctured by violence and horror." – Greg Cwik

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
2010 | 113 min | Colour | Digital

"Continuing his miraculous invention of a dark pastoral, Weerasethakul’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, melds the last dying encounters of a farmer, Boonmee, with a gorgeously rendered landscape enlivened by the presence of ghostly apparitions. A veranda perched by an intruding forest becomes the astral stage for Boonmee’s transmigrational journey, accompanied by his dead wife, an ectoplasmic entity, and his long-lost son, now manifested as a “monkey ghost.” Weerasethakul’s humble genius is his beguiling ability to allow the primordial and the modern to coexist." – Steve Seid