Digressions on the photographic agony #3

I / II


The future city was ruled by an authority able to make anybody disappear. When people from the past were found, a light was shone at them, and images were projected onto a screen from the past, until their arrival in the future. Once those images appeared, the ghosts disappeared.

--Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, 2010.

Nabua is only light and memory. There are natural illuminations from the sun and from fire. The lights seep through the doors and windows and burn the rice fields. There are artificial ones like fluorescent tubes and LED lights like dots of recollections. And there are simulated bolts of lightning that destroy the peaceful landscape and unearth the spirits.

--Apichatpong Weerasethakul, The Memory of Nabua (via), 18/02/2009.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives - A.W., 2010, super 16mm


Matthew Flanagan said...

The Memory of Nabua, a note on the Primitive project, is in this book.

Just Another Film Buff said...

Thank you for the pointer to the book, Matthew. Would totally love to read it. Will keep an eye open.

It's strange that I can't recollect the final image here at all. Where in BOONMEE does it come? In the beginning?

DoxDoxDox said...

thanks for this!

Matthew Flanagan said...

Srikanth, the final image occurs in the sequence when Boonmee's wife and son return in the first half of the film. I remember Apichatpong taking about the shot somewhere, might have been in this series of interviews...