Alum Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Film Wins Jury Prize at Cannes

Weerasethakul looking at the camera, with a blue light shining behind him turning the image a purple/blue color.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Image courtesy of Prestige

Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Image courtesy of Prestige

Artist, filmmaker, and alum Apichatpong Weerasethakul (MFA 1998, HON 2011) won the Prix du Jury award for his film Memoria (2021) at the Cannes Film Festival [15] in July. Memoria, starring Tilda Swinton, was both written and directed by Weerasethakul. In previous years, Weerasethakul won the Prix du Jury for his film Tropical Malady (2004), the Prix Un Certain Regard for Blissfully Yours (2002), and the Palme d’Or for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010). This year, the Prix du Jury was won for Memoria following a 14-minute standing ovation and high praise from top film critics.

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