'Boonmee' headlining Munich fest sidebar
'Mother' joins Palme d'Or winner at summer eventCOLOGNE, Germany -- Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Palme d'Or winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" will celebrate its German premiere at the Munich International Film Festival as the headliner of Munich's Asian sidebar Focus on the Far East.
"Uncle Boonmee," a whimsical comedy about a dying man revisiting his many past lives, was set up as a Thai-German-French-U.K.-Spanish-Dutch co-production. German producers included sales agent the Match Factory, Cologne-based GFF and broadcasters ZDF and ARTE. Munich museum Haus der Kunst, which was involved in an exhibition of Weerasethakul's short films and installations that were the start of "Uncle Boonmee," also has a co-producer credit on the film.
Other highlights screening in Munich's Far East sidebar include Joon-ho Bong's Cannes 2009 Competition entry "Mother" and two titles that premiered in Venice: "Lola" from Philippine director Brillante Mendoza and Pou-soi Cheang's assassin thriller "Accident." The 2010 Munich Film Festival runs June 25–July 3.