Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL was born in Bangkok (1970) and grew up in Khon Kaen, north-eastern Thailand. He graduated from Khon Kaen University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture, then a Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking from The Art Institute of Chicago. He started 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. Often non-linear, his works link with memory, invoked in subtle ways 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. Kick the Machine has produced all his feature films. In 2008, he embarked on the Primitive Project, a multi-platform work of which "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" is part. In 2009, he and his work were the subject of a monograph published by the Austrian Film Museum.
His art projects and feature films have won him widespread recognition and numerous festival prizes, including three prizes from the Cannes Film Festival. "Blissfully Yours" won the A Certain Regard Prize in 2002 and "Tropical Malady" won the Official Competition Jury Prize in 2004. His acclaimed 2006 feature, "Syndromes and a Century," was the first Thai film to be selected for competition at the Venice Film Festival and was acclaimed in a number of international polls as one of the best films of the last decade. "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" was selected to compete at Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d'Or in 2010. His latest work, "Mekong Hotel," is a one-hour experimental documentary for Arte television. He currently lives and works in Chiang Mai, Thailand.