Length / Mysterious Object at Noon:
Length / Special features: 48 minutes
Sound / Blu-Ray: 5.1 DTS-HD master audio / 2.0 Stereo LPCM (48k/24-bit)
Sound / DVD: Dolby 5.1 / 2.0 Stereo
Black and white
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
/ 1080 / 24fps / Region ABC
DVD: PAL / DVD9 / Region 0
Blu-Ray RRP: £19.99
DVD RRP: £12.99
Release Date: 18 April 2016
Second Run DVD 107 / SRBD 002
Winner of the 2010 Cannes Palme d’Or, Thai artist and filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul is recognised as one of contemporary cinema’s most unique voices.
Mysterious Object at Noon is his hallucinatory debut feature, an extraordinary mix of experimental documentary and fiction that wends its way through the landscapes and mindscapes of rural Thailand.
The film is structured as a surrealist game; a small film-crew travel the Thai countryside asking people they encounter along the way to invent the next chapter of a story. The daisy-chain structure of interlocking vignettes - alternately fantastical, comic and workaday - bridge documentary realism and the avant-garde, resulting in a boldly original debut that looks and feels like nothing else.
Available on both Blu-Ray and DVD formats - Mysterious Object at Noon is presented from a new 2K restoration of the film by the Austrian Film Museum and Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation and also includes Apichatpong Weerasethakul's short film Nimit, plus an exclusive new filmed interview with the director, and a booklet featuring a new essay on the film by Tony Rayns.
• High Definition director-approved presentation from a new
2K restoration of the film.
• New and exclusive filmed interview with director
• Apichatpong’s 2007 short film Nimit (Meteorites).
• A featurette on the restoration of the film.
• 16-page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by filmmaker and critic Tony Rayns.
Conceived and Edited by Apichatpong Weersasethakul
Story - The villagers of Thailand
Camera - Prasong Klinborrom, Sayompoo Mukdeeprom,
Sound - Paisit Phanprucksachat, Teekadech Watcharatanin,
Producers – Gridthiya Gaweewong, Mingmongkol Sonakul
Somsri Pinyopol, Duangjai Hiransri, Kannikar Narong,
Chakree Duangklao, To Hanudomlap
Restored in 2013 by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema
Project and the Austrian Film Museum. Restoration works
carried out at the Austrian Film Museum, LISTO laboratory in
Vienna, Technicolor Ltd in Bangkok, and Cineteca di Bologna
/ Ritrovata laboratory, in close collaboration with Apichatpong
2000 Vancouver International Film Festival /
Winner: Special Citation
2001 Jeonju International Film Festival /Winner: Grand Prix
2001 Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, Japan /
Winner: NETPAC Prize
2001 Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, Japan / 2nd Prize
"Apichatpong is one of the very few truly modern filmmakers working today, far beyond the pale of both narrative tradition and postmodern experiment" Tilda Swinton
"He is deeply attuned to his era, and thrillingly modern in his eclecticism, but timeless in his freedom" The Guardian
"Weerasethakul's film is like a piece of chamber music slowly, deftly expanding into a full symphonic movement"
The New York Times
"Surprising and fascinating... I can't think of another film remotely like it" Jonathan Rosenbaum
"Ostensibly 'about nothing', but turns out to be about everything" Talking Pix
"Nobody has made such a film in Thailand before. It’s clear that something rich and strange is happening in Thai film culture” Tony Rayns (London Film Festival, 2000)
"A witty, quirky exploration of the very notion of storytelling" Tom Vick, Rovi
"How many documentarians have focused on the act of constructing stories themselves? Mysterious Object at Noon,
a weird, wonderful and altogether sui generis new documentary from Thailand does just that, and in the process engages, unhinges and forever deranges the way that stories and cultural histories could, and perhaps should, be told”
Chuck Stephens, Filmmaker Magazine
"This masterpiece from new Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul blends fiction and non-fiction into a new form of cinema previously forged by Hou Hsiao-hsien and Abbas Kiarostami" Combustible Celluloid