Have you been in the cinema watching a film, and it’s had an almost supernatural effect on you—elevated you out of your material state? Apichatpong Weerasethakul: Yes, yes. That movie was [Tsai Ming-liang’s] Good Bye, Dragon Inn. Because it brought me back to my home town. It’s the same kind of cinema, and similar kinds of characters, and it made me cry inside. It’s one of the best films for me.
“We tend to establish a certain logic when we watch movies. But for me they are more powerful and diverse than that. I want to open up the mysteriousness of life. You encounter things you cannot explain, and that’s the joy of living.” — Apichatpong Weerasethakul