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Blissfully Whose? Jungle Pleasures, Ultra-modernist Cinema and the Cosmopolitan Thai Auteur

May Adadol Ingawanij and Richard Lowell MacDonald

in The Ambiguous Allure of the West

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789622091214
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207493 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622091214.003.0006
Blissfully Whose? Jungle Pleasures, Ultra-modernist Cinema and the Cosmopolitan Thai Auteur

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This chapter examines Apichatpong Weerasethakul's trajectory as an alternative filmmaker as a mode of cosmopolitanism exercized through education. Apichatpong's identity as a filmmaker is premised on the self-conscious marginality of his practice within Thailand and its appreciation by institutions of transnational art and avant-garde cinephilia in North America and, to a lesser extent, Europe. His mode of cultural practice constitutes a kind of contact zone with the West that is particularly dependent on transnational cinephilia for its visibility and perpetuation. The chapter explores how this encounter structures the attempt to articulate an alternative sphere of cultural production in Thailand, which desires to assert its autonomy from the domestic mass market.

Keywords: Apitchatpong Weerasekul; cosmopolitanism; transnational art; cinephilia; North America; Europe; Thailand

Chapter.  8203 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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