Born in Bangkok, Apichatpong Weerasethakul grew up in north-eastern Thailand. He began making films and video shorts in 1994 and completed his first feature in 2000. Today, Apichatpong is recognised as one of the most original voices in contemporary cinema as well as a major international visual artist. His feature films, short films and installations have won him widespread international recognition and numerous awards, including the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2010 with Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Lyrical and often fascinatingly mysterious, his film works are non-linear, dealing with memory and in subtle ways invoking personal politics and social issues. Working independently of the Thai commercial film industry, he devotes himself to promoting experimental and independent filmmaking through his company Kick the Machine Films, founded in 1999, which also produces all his films.