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Корпусът, наречен „Примитив“ (или за прочита на тайландската „Златна палма“ от фестивала в Кан)
The corpus titled Primitive (or on the interpretation of Thai Palme d’Or Cannes)

Author(s): Andronika Martonova
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives is the title of the film that out of the blue scooped the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2010. Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul is an emblematic figure of Thai contemporary arthouse film. The world’s critics called him “a balladeer of the wondrous wilderness”, “creator of eclectic dreams” and even “the David Lynch of Thailand”. In fact the film is a hard nut to crack for the general public; moreover, it is an offshoot of a tricky, complicated multimedia project, Primitive. The concept includes photos, video installations, artistic book (diaries, interviews, notes, director’s storyboards), as well as diverse film formats with documentary observations, experimental etudes, and music videos among them. The feature Uncle Boonmee is the apogee of the project. The rich visual back story of Primitive is very important. The superstructure of the corpus prepares the viewers to understand Uncle Boonmee, especially with audiences totally unaware of the historical and cultural layers of Thailand and first of all, of the Isan region, where the story unfolds. The paper delves deep in the details of the corpus to decipher each particular layer. Thus Uncle Boonmee is appropriately situated and analysed.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 301-308
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian