Luminous People

Luminous People

A group of people is in a boat, traveling on the Mekong River that stretches along the Thai-Laos border. They are running against the wind, anticipating a farewell. In the middle of the river, a woman, who is also the head of the family, casts the ashes into the stream. The white dust merges with the muddy water. The border links the worlds of the dead and the living. A film that reconstructs an event to commemorate the presence of the dead and the decayed memories of the living, honoring cinema itself.
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Direction: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Cinematography: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Editing: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Sound: Akaritchalerm Kalayanamitr
Actors: Sakda Kaewbuadee, Jenjira Pongpas, Nophakraw Ngawvichai, Prasit Donsung, Somchai Matimata, Garuna Luktoomtong, Somchat Aksornsiri, Surasak Krotchaompu, Sudsakorn Ngawvichai
Production: Kick the Machine, Lx Filmes
Producers: Luis Correia
Costumes: Suphapich Thitithammasak
Color: Color
Production Country: Thailand, Portugal
Production Year: 2007
Duration: 15'
Contact: Kick the Machine

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Apichatpong began making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature in 2000. He has also mounted exhibitions and installations in many countries since 1998. Apichatpong is recognized as a major international filmmaker and visual artist. His works are characterized by their use of non-linear storytelling, often dealing with themes of memory, loss, identity, desire, and history. His works have won him widespread international recognition and numerous awards, including the Cannes Jury Prize in 2021 for Memoria, his first film shot outside of Thailand featuring Tilda Swinton. He also won the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2010 with Uncle Boonmee, Who Can Recall His Past Lives. His Tropical Malady won the Cannes Competition Jury Prize in 2004 and Blissfully Yours won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Award in 2002. Syndromes and a Century (2006) was recognized as one of the best films of the last decade in several 2010 polls. His art prizes include the Sharjah Biennial Prize (2013), the Fukuoka Prize (2013), the Yanghyun Art Prize (2014) and the Artes Mundi Award (2019). His installations have been shown at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, The New Museum in New York, MAIIAM Contemporary in Chiang Mai, Documenta in Kassel, and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taipei, among others. His artworks include the multi-screen project Primitive (2009), Fireworks (Archives) (2014), and Invisibility (2016). They have been acquired by major institutions such as Tate Modern, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, M+, Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, and SFMOMA. His recent installations include Constellations (2018), Fiction (2018), SleepCinemaHotel (2018), A Minor History (2021, 2022), and A Conversation with the Sun – VR (2022). Apichatpong lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


2000 Mysterious Object at Noon
2002 Blissfully Yours
2003 The Adventure of Iron Pussy
2004 Tropical Malady
2005 Ghost of Asia (short)
2006 Syndromes and a Century
2007 Luminous People (short)
2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
2015 Cemetery of Splendour
2021 Memoria