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10 - 24 February 2022: Mysterious Object at Noon


Mysterious Object at Noon
Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2000, 85 min
Thai with English subtitles

Mysterious Object at Noon is Apichatpong Weerasethakul's debut feature, an extraordinary mix of experimental documentary and fiction that wends its way through the landscapes and mindscapes of rural Thailand. The film is structured as a surrealist game, the "exquisite corpse"; a small film-crew travel the Thai countryside asking people they encounter along the way to invent the next chapter of a story. The daisy-chain structure of interlocking vignettes – alternately fantastical, comic and workaday – bridge documentary realism and the avant-garde, resulting in a boldly original debut that looks and feels like nothing else.

"Mysterious Object at Noon engages, unhinges and forever deranges the way that stories and cultural histories could – and perhaps should – be told." – Chuck Stephens, Filmmaker Magazine

This film is paired with the screening of Apitchatpong's latest film Memoria

Presented from a new 2K restoration of the film by the Austrian Film Museum and Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation