Apichatpong wins Jury Prize at Cannes, calls out Thai government in acceptance speech

A new film by Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night, the second time he has won an award at the prestigious film festival.

His new film, Memoria starring Tilda Swinton, won the prize jointly with Ahed’s Knee by Nadav Lapid. Apichatpong previously won the Palm d’Or in 2010 for Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

He is the only Thai that has ever won at Cannes and the only Thai that has ever won twice at a prestigious international film festival.

In his acceptance speech, Apichatpong used the opportunity to thank his team and his producers and his star Swinton.

He concluded by calling out the Thai government for its Covid-19 mismanagement which has led to more than 200,000 people infected and thousands dead since a third wave of Covid-19 began on April 1.

“I am lucky to be standing here, while many of my countrymen cannot travel. Many of them suffer greatly from the pandemic, with the mismanagement of resources, healthcare, and vaccine accessibility. I want to call out for the Thai and Colombian [where Memoria is set] governments, and the governments of countries in a similar situation, to please wake up, and work for your people, now.”

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