Arthur C. Apichatpong Weerasethakul to shoot the film in Sri Lanka inspired by Clarke

Thai author Apichatpong Werasethakul Science fiction writer Arthur C. He revealed plans to shoot a film in Sri Lanka inspired by Clarke’s work.

Speaking at the Metrograph Theater in New York, Apichatpong said he might partner with a streamer on the project. He plans to start location scouting in Sri Lanka next month and says he hopes the project will be “more flexible” than his last film.

“It will be a small budget, and probably with [my long-time actors] Zenjira [Pongpas] and Saqda [Kaewbuadee],” he told Metrograph’s film journal. “It’s the same old gang.”

Apichatpong’s last picture, MemoriaFilmed in Colombia with Tilda Swinton and won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2021. He also won the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2010 Uncle Bunmi who can remember his past life.

referring to Memoria Ankur, he said: “In Colombia, it was more complicated because of the big production, the language. For Sri Lanka, I don’t know if it’s possible, but I’d like to not have a fixed list to shoot every day. What happens in Colombia is the mode of not knowing what you want.

Arthur C. Although he did not explain exactly how Clarke inspired the film, he did say of the author: “He lived and died in Sri Lanka and one of his books, Fountain of ParadiseSet in a fictional land based on the Sri Lankan landscape.”

Also written by Arthur C. Clarke 2001: A Space Odysseywhich was adapted as a feature by Stanley Kubrick in 1969.

Apichatpong says another source of inspiration was an article written by a Thai woman who visited Sri Lanka on a religious pilgrimage. “He talks about climbing a holy mountain, the same one that inspired Clarke’s story, so I’m going to check it out.”

It could also be a longer film as he said he was “treating for a three or four hour film, from my imagination, from what I dream”. He also said: “The human attention span is 90 minutes, and the dream cycle is also 90 minutes. Prolonging it is a challenge.”

Memoria Screening at Metrograph in a 35MM print beginning Friday, February 17.

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