Asian Film Wins Cannes Film Festival Top Honors

Palme-d-orA film from Thailand won the highest prize being awarded from the annual Cannes Film Festival.

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives won the Palme d’Or award from the jury of the 63rd edition of the festival. Director Apichatpong Weerasethakul accepted the award.

The film centers on the last days in the life of its title character. He would explore his past lives while reflecting on what caused his illness. It includes ghosts and animals possessed by human spirits which includes that of his dead wife and his lost son. It also tackles what happens after death.

Leading as President of the International Competition category is American director Tim Burton who was at the helm of the recent successful 3D movie Alice in Wonderland.

Burton described the film as “the type of cinema you don’t usually see. It’s what this whole place is about. You always want to be surprised by films and this film did that for most of us.”

The festival ran from May 12 to May 23.