UNCLE BOONMEE director Apichatpong Weerasethakul finds a new project; trailer for BOONMEE hits

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
February 16th, 2011

While details at this point seem to be few and far between, apparently Palme d’Or winning director Apichatpong Weerasethakul has finally found his next project.

ScreenDaily is reporting (via The Playlist) will be following up his award-winning film, UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES, with a new project, entitled MEKONG HOTEL.

The outlet is reporting that the film will focus on a “relationship between man and water, the catastrophic flooding which is blamed on Chinese dams and diseases spread by industrial-scale pig farming.”  The film’s been in the works for a while now, and currently has actress Tilda Swinton attached to star.

No start date for the project has been announced, but at this point, the film appears to be in a very early stage of development. BOONMEE is set to premiere stateside come March, and is easily one of the most hotly talked-about arthouse films of the first part of the year. Here’s to hoping this one gets a bit of steam moving forward, because it definitely sounds interesting.

Finally, a trailer for UNCLE BOONMEE has been released over at Apple, and I must say, it is as bizarre as the film's premise itself.  I love the look and feel of what I've seen from the film so far, so at this point, I'm still very much excited, but toss this weird trailer in with the mixed reviews its received since its bow at Cannes 2010, and this may very well be the year's most polarizing film.

What do you think?

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