Thai independent hero, Apichatpong Weerjasethakul, has already wrapped up his latest work Worldly Desires, and will open the Jeonju International Film Festival (JIFF) during 28 April 6 May.
Worldly Desires is his latest work after bringing his third film Tropical Malady as the first Thai film in Cannesofficial competition and won the Special Jury Prize last year. The film is 30-min long, and supported under the JIFF-commissioned Digital Short Films Three filmmakers omnibus project. Besides Apichatpong, the other two directors include Japanese director Shinya Tsukamato's Haze (25min.), and Korean director Song Il-gon's Magician(s) (40min). All have won praise throughout the international film community for their independent and experimental spirits. Song Il-gon made Flower Island, and Spider Forest; Tsukamoto Shinya with A Snake of June, Tetsuo, and Apichatpong with Mysterious Object at Noon and Blissfully Yours.
Shot with digital video, Worldly Desires tells the story of a couple who escapes their family to look for a spiritual tree in the jungle. There is a song at night, a song that spoke about an innocent idea of love and a quest for happiness.
Pimpaka Towira, a noted female director in Thailand, appeared in the movie as a filmmaker who goes into the jungle to shoot her movie. Apichatpong explained: Worldly Desires is an experimental project where I invited a filmmaker friend, Pimpaka Towira, to shoot the love story by day and the song by night. The story, Deep Red Bloody Night, was written by my assistant who wanted to reprise a forbidden love story in a more romantic time in the past. I picked a pop song, Will I be Lucky? to convey a sense of guiltless freedom one feels when being hit by love. The video is a little simulation of manners, dedicated to the memories of filmmaking in the jungle during the year 2001-2005.
After Worldly Desires, the director will start shoot his new feature Intimacy and Turbulence in June. The movie is a memoir dedicated to his parents who are doctors living in the northeastern part of Thailand.